How To Make Yourself Laugh – A Guide From One of the Funniest People in the World

Or at least that’s what I think. I have a couple of friends who might disagree with me, but their opinion is irrelevant. Life sucks sometimes, with the list of things that can piss you off being endless. I mean, I wrote a list of ten, and still couldn’t resist adding an eleventh in a later post. So this is my guide to help you remember to laugh, because sometimes, that’s all you can do.

Step One: Read this blog. Bam, happiness level already increasing.

Step Two: Watch Ellen videos. Or Jimmy Kimmel. Do both. My personal favourites include “Kids, I Ate Your Halloween Candy”, “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”, “What’s Wrong With These Photos”, and “Clumsy Thumbsy.” Prepare to get lost in YouTube.

Step Three: While you’re lost in Youtube anyway, look up America’s Funniest Home Videos. This is my favourite video ever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59NWIOvPqZE

For the record, I did totally stop writing this blog just to watch it again a couple more times. Because that’s how much I love it.

Step Four: This is the most obvious step, but once you’ve extracted yourself from the online world, hang out with your funniest friends. You’d be surprised at what a difference this makes. I know I couldn’t survive a day without my best friends making me laugh, even if it’s just stupid puns that make me cringe just as hard as they make me laugh.

Step Five:  Just laugh. Seriously. Fake it at first. Fake it louder. Soon enough, you’ll feel ridiculous and you’ll want to laugh even more and before you know it, real genuine laughter. You could do this alone at home or go to laugh-yoga. Having done both before, I prefer laugh-yoga. There’s just something so ridiculously awesome about a room full of strangers laughing just for the sake of laughing.

Alternatives: This blog was inspired by my sudden amusement at the word “obituary” (not even going to get into the irony, just sound it out, you’ll understand), so I guess the best advice I can give you is take the little bursts of humour whenever they come. Whether they’re at someone slipping on ice in front of you, a word that sounds funny after you say it too many times, or fake laughing until it becomes real, I promise it’ll be great.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

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Who said eating healthy sucked?

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly hungry and constantly tempted by food that maybe isn’t so good for you. Well, luckily, I’m here to share some of my favourite healthy recipes with you – in the form of a one-day-meal plan.

1) Breakfast

Arguably the most important meal of the day, something we should all try our best to eat. (BTW, look out for the free breakfasts UTM offers  – you won’t regret it!)

http://recipes.womenshealthmag.com/Recipe/strawberry-parfaits.aspx

But, instead of the vanilla yogurt, try it with Greek Yogurt and add honey. Mmmm, honey.

2) Lunch

Who doesn’t love good BLT? Well, I guess those who don’t eat pork or meat. Well, I’ll have a veggie-friendly option after this. In my opinion, this is even better than a BLT. Sounds fancy too.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mr-stripey-tomato-arugula-pancetta-sandwiches

No changes. You can’t change perfection.

2) Lunch – Veggie Edition

White beans, artichoke, make ahead, oh lord, need I say more?

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spelt-salad-with-white-beans-artichokes-10000001571452/

3) Dinner

Ask anyone who knows me – I love salmon. I can’t get enough of salmon. Here is my favourite dinner recipe ever. Fave veggies to eat it with: broccoli or asparagus.

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/recipe/french-roasted-salmon

3) Dinner – Veggie Options

I could eat this for the rest of my life and die a happy girl. Also a favourite of my little sister’s, leading to all out wars over leftovers. Use any kinds of beans you want, I prefer red kidney myself. Don’t forget the whole wheat pasta, doesn’t have to be a shell. I like spaghettini personally. Just something about the twirl of the fork.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/fresh_pomodoro_pasta_white_beans_olives.html

5) DESSERT

Cookies. That’s all I have to say.

http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001854047,00.html

If you really want more motivation to eat healthy, just remember that “A balanced diet and physical activity are vital to academic performance. A healthy diet has a direct link to increased cognitive function and memory skills, decreased absenteeism from school, and improved mood. These advantages can help students stay focused and complete their coursework.” Thanks Matt Cartwright, duly noted. Let’s go get those 4.0s and get cracking on those freshman fifteen!

Lonely Days aka University aka not really, it’s a song by the Bee Gees

Making friends was the easiest in kindergarten. Back then, all you had to bring to the table (literally) was the biggest box of crayons. Things got a little bit harder in elementary school, seeing as your music taste was suddenly under scrutiny or even the clothes you wore. High school was another level of difficulty when music, movies, boys (or girls), and drama infused every inch of friendship. As much as I wish I was above it all, I can honestly say I went through all of that just as much as I’m sure the rest of you did as well.

Despite all of these years and experiences in making friends, nothing prepared me for university. It’s harder to make friends when a) you don’t carry crayons, b) you don’t share your music with anyone, and c) you’re lucky if you have one person in two of your classes . It’s even harder when you commute and aren’t on campus any longer than you have to.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this year has been kind of lonely. I am in part to blame for that – UTM offers a lot of great opportunities to get involved and do great things and meet great people… and I just haven’t done that. So, like I said in my resolutions post, I’m trying my best to be more involved this semester.

My attempts to be more involved were jump started when my PSY100 class required me to find a lab partner in a class full of strangers. Shout out to my prof for offering to set people up and just like that, I met someone new today. And you know what I realized? It’s just that easy. Just say hi, because people are most likely as lonely as you are.

And you never know, maybe, just maybe you’ll have one of these awesome moments:

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes: “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

The Boys (and Girls) Are Back In Town

Welcome back, folks! It’s a brand new semester with brand new challenges awaiting you. Winter, who also went away for the break, is back with a vengeance, ready to wake you up for those 8am classes. Does it get any better than this???

Yes. Yes, it does. It gets a whole lot better than this. In fact, it WAS a whole lot better than this. Just last week, actually, where the earliest I woke up was 2pm and the most thinking I did was deciding which show to watch on Netflix. Unfortunately, as with everything good in life (chocolate cake, summer, ice cream, chips, pizza, hanging out with friends), our winter break came to an end and we’re thrown back into the chaos that is university.

Second semester isn’t as scary as the first –  we know our way around campus now – but it’s still pretty terrifying to someone who wasn’t accustomed to seeing light coming from something other than her laptop screen for almost a month. Maybe that’s just me though.

Anyway, I’m sure most of you have gotten your final marks back from first semester (unless you’re me – still waiting on that mark, prof, no rush) and I hope they were exactly what you hoped they would be. If they weren’t, don’t worry, you’ve got 3.5 more years to fix it. Though that seems like a long time, it isn’t, so we should all start now. Let’s make this semester even better than the last folks!

I’ll leave you with the inspiring words of one of the most famous soccer players ever, Pelé: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

New Year’s Resolution

Yes, I’m fully aware it’s November. No, I don’t really care that this post is more than a month early.

Basically, this will most likely be my last post until after winter break, seeing as it’s exams next week and then I’ll be sleeping for the three weeks after that (that’s right, I’m hibernating). And so, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the past semester and talk about my goals for the next one.

Having taken six courses this past term, I can honestly tell you right now that IT WAS THE WORST DECISION OF MY LIFE. I’ve never had this much work all due at once, and even now, with one day left in the semester, I still have a term test and a ten-page paper due. WOOOT GO ME!

I think all of you know about the amount of stress I’ve been under lately, and I’m sure all of you can relate. Luckily, the winter break comes just in time for us to take a breather and man, do I need it.

Next semester I hope to do one thing differently – participate more. Our wonderful university has so many activities and events that they offer, and due to my awful schedule, I haven’t been able to go to well…any of them. I think that’s my second biggest regret of the semester (the first being of course, the amount of classes I took) and I can’t wait to change that.

I want to take this blog in a more fun direction, maybe even encourage some of you to do things you haven’t been doing either. Like going to the gym. Yes, let’s all start going to the gym. We’ll all be healthy and stress-free…until April of course. But let’s pretend April isn’t happening for the moment.

Good luck with your exams if you have any! Don’t stress too much, make sure you get enough sleep, go pet those therapy dogs, and most importantly BREATHE. As surely someone out there has said at some point in time “Be strong, it’s almost over.”

P.S. Countdown to Christmas as of November 28: 26 days

I Hate Winter

Sorry Elsa, but you would not be welcome in my house. There is a very short list of things I hate (only ten!) but if I was to add an eleventh, winter would be it.

I hate wearing so many layers that I have to waddle. I hate still being cold while wearing all those layers. I hate walking into a room with tear-filled eyes, reddened face, and runny nose. But most of all, I hate getting sick.

On Wednesday, as some of you may know, us commuters got stuck on campus as Dundas basically shut down and busses either showed up two hours late or just didn’t show up at all. While standing outside the bus stop, freezing, I stewed about how much I hate winter. I thought about this amazing ability that people seem to have when it snows – they all forget how to drive. There was about an inch of snow on Wednesday, yet there were countless accidents. Granted most of us didn’t have our winter tires on, but the extent of traffic on Dundas due to accidents was just ridiculous. Anyway as I was standing there, I felt the first sneeze coming along. And then the second. And then the third.

Soon, the coughing began and the sore throat. All signs point to me being sick.

I feel you Emily and I’m not even wearing Valentino. Winter hasn’t even truly started and I’m sick. At the worst time too, my busiest week is ahead. Having a cold is just adding to my stress and misery.

As Anonymous said, “Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.” You can say that again.

P.S. Countdown to Christmas as of November 21st: 33 days 

Just Three Little Words and I’m Yours

“Lecture is cancelled.”

This morning I woke up to the most beautiful email I’ve ever gotten. My class was cancelled today. Yes it was because my professor is sick (feel better prof!) but I can’t say I’m too upset about that. After all, I got to catch up on some much needed sleep and have time to do some extra work too. That was really useful to a busy time of the year such as this.

It’s almost the end of the semester (where has the time gone?) and time is moving faster than ever. My days have looked the same:

  • wake up
  • stumble to class
  • attempt to stay awake
  • stumble home
  • nap
  • wake up disoriented from nap, craving another nap to get over my nap
  • start work
  • work until 1-2 am
  • sleep
  • repeat

Not very interesting, I know, but what else do you expect from a university student at the end of a semester? At this point, it’s not about having a social life, but rather surviving these next three weeks without completely ruining my GPA. I think my best shot at surviving involves attaching an IV drip of coffee to my arm, but apparently “that’s not healthy”.

Nevertheless, I’m sure I’ll be fine and so will the rest of you. We can do it guys! Just study and try not to cry too much into your notes, you still want them to be readable. As William Arthur Ward said “Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here sleeping beside my textbook and hoping the information will enter my mind through diffusion. I’ll let you know about the results.

P.S. Countdown to Christmas as of November 19th: 35 days