Silliness in a sometimes too serious world.

March 20, 2010 at 11:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Lately I have been feeling a bit down.  Part of it has to do with my birthday coming up (for some reason I am feeling extremely old and don’t want to add another year to my age) and part of it is because I read the news ever day.

I know that when reading a newspaper a person is mostly bombarded with bad news but it seems lately there has been an abundance of upsetting events.  There have been so many shootings in the lower mainland.  Today another one was reported.

If you too are in a bit of a funk then have no fear because I have some simple and easy tactics to put help you in a better mood.  Yes, they may seem silly but maybe we all need a little silliness in our lives from time-to-time.  It is nice to break away from the daily monotony of a world that can sometimes be a bit too serious.

The following are my ways to induce happiness with little effort:

  • Talk in song.  It seems quite ridiculous and it is but it’s also very funny.  I sometimes sing what I say when my husband is around and he thinks I am crazy but it lightens my mood and makes me happy so I do it.  However, I suggest not talking in song at work or in public.  Maybe just talk in song to close friends.  Okay, actually, maybe just imagine talking in song unless you have someone you can do it in front who will love you no matter how idiotic you look.
  • While we are on the subject of songs, making up songs also makes me happy.  My mood depicts which genre of music I will create a song to.  I think I excel most at rap–80’s rap that is.  Again, I would recommend not singing the songs you make to people.  I am constantly singing songs to my husband and I think he wants to have me committed.
  • Another simply thing that makes me happy is jumping for joy.  This usually happens when I am out in public with my husband.  The other day we went for a walk with the girls.  It was a bright and sunny day and I don’t know what got over me because I just started jumping and dancing.  Maybe it was the sun and the fresh air?–I dont know.  What I do know is that when a sudden urge of happiness comes over you let it out.  Jump for joy–literally.  I mean, when is the last time you jumped for joy? Exactly.
  • There is one more effortless thing I do that makes me happy.  This probably won’t work for everyone.  Actually, I think that it only works for me.  Instant happiness for me is achieved when I do all of the former suggestions above in a public former with my husband by my side.  Embarrassing my husband is number one on my how-to-achieve-happiness-with-minimum-effort list.

See, sometimes the best things are the most simple.  One of the best dishes at the dinner party my husband and I hosted earlier this week was the easiest to make.  And, this little, humble dish is another thing that makes me happy.


Peas and Bacon

  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • Freshly cracked pepper


Heat a skillet over medium-heat.

Using kitchen shears cut the bacon into 1 inch squares. Place bacon in the skillet and cook until crispy.

Cook peas in salted boiling water for about 5 minutes then drain.

Transfer peas into a serving bowl and add butter. Stir around a few times so that butter melts.

Once bacon is cooked drain off the fat.

Toss together the bacon and peas and serve warm. Crack some pepper over the dish.

Simple yet delicious.



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  1. BACON AND PEAS you are awesome! I will definitely take that advice, the happiness thing…. well to each there own. To me happiness comes with peace and contentment. However when you try and figure out what exactly brings about those two things get much more complicated.

    Bacon and peas is definitely a worthwhile shortcut though 🙂

  2. Government run health care and Obama have me feeling down too.

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