Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “I’m so swamped with homework.” “I feel like I have no time to get anything done.” “Social media is depressing and taking over my life.”

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Truer words have never been spoken, except this week we can now add, “Really? Another one?” to the list.

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It’s really easy to get bogged down by all the bad, sad and stressful things happening in our lives and society today, especially for teens.

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But fear not friends! It is now easier than ever to just sit back, take a deep breath and take 10 minutes to watch cute dogs interacting with babies on YouTube, or listen to a silly song from your childhood that always makes you smile or going to a favorite website that always makes you laugh. Not only will these things put you in a better mood, even for a little bit, but they will improve your work ethic in completing those tasks. Who knows? You may even produce some of your best work!

As I am typing this post, I have a gif of corgi dogs on a treadmill on repeat in my view and honestly, that is my equivalent of “Just Keep Swimming” from Finding Nemo right now.

So here are some suggestions for pick-me-ups when you’re feeling down, stuck, or on the struggle bus.

-As posted above, searching for “Babies and Dogs” or “Babies and Animals” on Google or YouTube will give you so many fun options for smiling, laughing and awwww-ing. I personally suggest videos that are at least five minutes long to really take advantage of the cuteness and to keep lifting up your mood.

-“Dude Perfect” is an option to just watch people doing cool things. Each video has more than 10 million views and they do a lot of fun and funny stuff. The video below is of the guys with the GOAT Serena Williams doing cool tennis tricks and being goofy. It’s wonderful.

-Personal anecdote — The day that my mom called me to tell me that my grandmother (her mom) had passed away, was a hard day. To help me get through it, I binge watched the show Arrested Development, one of my favorite shows that constantly makes me laugh. It helped me get through the day and I felt better about the situation. So grab a DVD or search for your favorite TV show that makes you smile, laugh, or even cry, and get sucked in for a bit.

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-For non-videos, the Onion is the best option out there. Take this Twitter post for example! Seriously, 90% of the website is like this. It’s instant smiles and laughs and is a no-brainer for a quick pick-me-up on a bad day. (theonion.com).

**Note: another option for great dog content is We Rate Dogs on Twitter. They are great.

-An option for a quick screen break is to pick up a children’s picture book . I know what you’re thinking. “I’m not a kid anymore! Why would I want to read a book for babies?” Here’s a possible reason why. Children’s picture books are pretty awesome if you want a quick escape into a fun world away from a screen. Also, the diversity of children’s books has increased so much within the past few years that finding a book that YOU want to read is as easy as ever. Here are some of my personal faves from when I was kid and now.

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I hope that these tips for improving your mood, and brightening your day have helped a bit. I know that some of this stuff is silly and some of the stuff that you might be wanting do might be labeled as “silly” or “a guilty pleasure” as well. Honestly, though, if you like it and it makes you feel good, and doesn’t hurt other around you, then take a deep breath, find your zen Corgis running on treadmills gif, and GO FOR IT!

-JW

Book Recommendation: When Dimple Met Rishi

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Genre: Comedy / Romance

First Released: 2017

Part of a Series?: Nope!

Synopsis: When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents’ obsession with “marriage prospects” but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

Where can I find it in the library?
This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex.

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YA F MENON

Commentary

I’m not normally one for realistic romantic fiction (I like my romance mixed with magic and dragons), but I’m glad I took the recommendations of several friends to give this a try. It is cute. Cute. Cute. Cute!! And also hilarious. I sped through this book within barely a day or so because I was absolutely hooked and had to keep reading. The characters are likeable, fun and relatable! You totally root for Dimple and Rishi to get together and just thinking about it makes me want to happy wiggle and squee with joy. Dimple’s ferocity and intelligence mixed with Rishi’s heart on his sleeve makes them such a lovable couple. ❤

Seriously go pick it up and read it today if you haven’t! If you have read it already, go read it again! It’s really so adorable that it’s kinda almost overwhelming! Go now!

Fandoms, Fandoms, and More Fandoms

This month’s book displays here in the Vortex have inspired me!  

Our large display features books about music and musicians – both fictional and real.  Our smaller display, though, is all about the fans – those hordes of ridiculous, screaming, out-of-control lunatics that keep the musicians, actors, writers, performers, and other artists in business.  

Whether you consider yourself a Fan, Geek, Potterhead, Otaku, Trekkie, Whovian, Scooby, Browncoat, Twihard, Brony, Furry, Jedi, Sherlockian, Throner, Gamer, Sports Fan, or just a person who likes a thing, we all have that thing we obsess over that makes our life just a little bit shinier.

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I confess: I too am a fan.  Here is a short list of the People and Things Who Make Me Squee.

Image result for jim hensonJim Henson and anything he created –

From the floppy-mouthed proto-Kermit of his early coffee commercials to his amazing avant garde graphic novel, Tale of Sand, from The Muppet Show to The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s art has always had the ability to grab my imagination and my heart and not let go.

Neil Gaiman –

Coraline.  The Graveyard Book.  American Gods.  Stardust.  Anansi Boys.  Sandman.  Good Omens.  Dr. Who episodes….  Squee, Squee, SQUEE!  Neil Gaiman is a hilarious, well-spoken, intelligent bloke with an amazing talent for the macabre and bizarre!

Amanda Palmer –

Amanda Palmer is a musician, performance artist, and author.  She is amazeballs.  Her heart-wrenching lyrics and the gut-wrenching emotion she displays while pounding away on a piano or shredding a ukelele remind me that there is still something real and pure and beautiful in the world.  (Fun Fact: Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman were married in 2011

Image result for ursula vernon kevin sonneyUrsula Vernon – 

I don’t even know how to describe Ursula Vernon.  She’s an artist and author and the characters she creates are both cute and cuddly and strong and powerful.  Actually, that’s a pretty good way to describe Ursula herself.  I have had the honor of meeting her several times and even going out to dinner with her and her husband.  She’s brilliant.  Seriously, go read her stuff.

Star Trek: The Next Generation –

Image result for cast of st tngST:TNG was my gateway fandom.  I started watching it in middle school and it took me from being a quiet, bookish kid to being a full-on Fan.  It was my entryway to other science-fiction like Star Wars, Dr. Who, Ray Bradbury, Babylon 5, Isaac Asimov, Firefly, and so many phenomenally geeky fandoms!  Despite its flaws, I will always have a special place in my heart for the crew of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 D).

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“Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl… AND STEVEN!”  Steven Universe is kinda wacky, kinda random, kinda bizarre, and 100 % fabulous!  I love the music, the joy, the epic battles, the pink lion, the crazy creatures,  and especially the characters!  (Tara +Amethyst=BFF!!  <3)  I even did my very first cosplay as Steven!

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If you like these fandoms, AWESOME!  Come talk to me in the Vortex and we can swap stories!  If you like other fandoms, that’s great too!  Come talk to me in the Vortex and we can still swap stories!

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Tara