Some things in life can become depressing. Politics, world events, even the weather, can unfortunately dampen our moods. Dark and “gritty” movies and shady entertainment seem to be everywhere. The amount of YouTube Vloggers presenting ideas cynically, seems to be on the rise as well.
As a result, I've been trying to find things in life that put a smile on my face. So here's a brief list of a few of the things that make me smile!
The Beverly Hillbillies
Paul Henning, the creator of The Beverly Hillbillies, is, in my books, a comedy genius. This show has often put me back into a good mood. It's a classic “fish out of water” story, about a family of hillbillies who strike it rich in oil, and move to Beverly Hills. The juxtaposition of their down to earth country ways, and the superficial ways of the Beverly Hills elite, is a laugh riot!
Some comics that get me laughing almost every time, are Calvin & Hobbes, Archie, Zits, Hagar the Horrible, and Sherman's Lagoon.
My Family When They're in a Funny Mood
I have been blessed with a wonderful family, with a wonderful sense of humour! From an early age, my Dad instilled a healthy balance of seriousness and silliness in us. Whether it's introducing us to comedians like Jerry Lewis, doing hilarious voice characterizations, or coming up with witty word play, my Dad, and family crack me up, probably more than they even know!
As a Christian I believe the Bible is a work of beauty. Even if you're not a Christian, you may appreciate the poetic and literary value of the Bible. Sometimes, if the world around me encourages me to be a cynic, flipping open my Bible brings peace back to my spirit. Whether it's the wisdom of the Proverbs, the poetry of the Psalms, the love of Jesus in the gospels, or the practical life advice in the Epistles, reading the Bible is great way to put a smile on my face!
So that's my list of things or people who put a smile on my face! I hope they put a smile on yours too!
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