The Best Things In Life Are Silly And Whimsical
Bring on the a big dose of silliness
Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, once said that “The best thing in life are silly.” While not everyone might agree, I believe there is much truth in this seemingly simple remark. After all, as children most of us found amusement in acting goofy. This could mean anything from dressing up in our dad’s work clothes and running around the house, or making monster noises to try to scare the adults in the room. Perhaps I am overly inclined in this direction, and hence my bias in believing that acting whimsically helps make for a better, more robust existence. As a young person I remember my Grandma Glenna getting so fed up with the giggling my best friend I were producing that she kicked us out of her car and made us walk the final block to her condo. My best friend and I continue to find reasons to giggle like a pair of love-struck schoolgirls, and this laughter is one of the invisible glues which help hold our friendship together despite the fact we haven’t lived within 500 miles of each other for many years.
There is a time and place for all things, however, and obviously there are times in life where the answer to your current distress is not a dose of humor. At such moments I urge you to dive fully into whatever grief or frustration you are experiencing, and, once you have processed these circumstances, then it may be time again to find a reason to smile and laugh.
Humor is an individual phenomenon; consequently, I recognize that my suggested quotes, pictures, and videos will amuse every potential reader of this article. Years ago I realized that not everyone finds movies such as “The Naked Gun” and “Airplane!” as diverting as I do.
The jokes which tickle my funny bone are more likely to involve clever wordplay instead of physical humor. This is especially true with the movie “Airplane!,” as some of my favorite scenes involve lines such as these:
“This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.”
“A hospital? What’s that?”
“It’s a big building with patients in it, but that’s not important.”
The aforementioned scene from "Airplane!"
Physical humor has its place, mind you, and I will confess that I find the “’Tis but a flesh wound.” scene in “Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail” quite hilarious.
Aside from watching comedy unfold on a TV or movie screen, humor can also be found in behaving whimsically. This is not to suggest that you should wear a clown costume to your next board meeting—unless you are employed by a most unconventional business—yet during your home hours you are free, if you are at all inclined, to host humor-infused events such as a “Dress Like Your Favorite 80s Movie Star” themed party complete with 80s trivia and classic 80s tunes from Bon Jovi, Madonna, Pat Benatar, and The Clash.
If a social event doesn’t interest you, one of the best ways to look at life less seriously is by reading comics such as The Far Side, Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, Zits, and Blondie.
Considering how busy many of our lives are, reading a comic or two is a quick and often effective way to find something worth chuckling about. A truly exceptional comic strip might linger in your mind, and this means you can laugh about it throughout the day. It's been years since I read certain Dilbert strips, and a few of these remain relatively clear in my mind because of how hilarious I found them to be.
For those of us who love words, certain quotes may inspire a smile, giggle, or even full-bellied laughter. A few of my favorites include:
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Mark Twain
Edmund Blackadder: “I laugh in the face of danger. I drop ice cubes down the vest of fear.”
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” Oscar Wilde
G.K. Chesterton: “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schultz
George Burns: “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.”
“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of.” Burt Bacharach
Henry Kissinger: “There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”
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Whimsical moments can be found and enjoyed in a wide variety of settings. This can mean anything from taking a scenic drive without a specific destination, or even buying a cheap plane ticket for a quick weekend trip to a city you’ve always wanted to visit. Or else it can mean watching “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on a Saturday night while enjoying a bowl of buttery popcorn. However you seek more humor and related moments is ultimately your business. My business, at least for this article, is to urge you to stitch into your existence more lighthearted moments.