One of my fictional Positivity Mentors (that’ll be next week’s topic) is Phoebe from Friends. While her character may have been conceived and initially portrayed as the dumb blonde, the writers clearly saw that Lisa Kudrow could give them so much more than that and created one of the most interesting characters in television history. From her bouncing careers to her street smarts from being homeless, to the search for her birth father, and her carrying surrogate babies for her brother, Phoebe takes every challenge that life throws at her and hits it out of the park with a smile on her face. But the thing I love most about Phoebe? The fact that she unabashedly embraces silliness. “The One Where Phoebe Runs” is the episode that comes instantly to mind:
There’s not enough opportunity in the normal adult’s life to bring silliness in. We go to work, we act professional, we come home, watch TV, go to bed. And that fun part of ourselves is pushed farther and farther to the back. We let it out when we play with our kids or our nieces and nephews, but other that that, it’s rarely seen.
It’s so easy to be overly cool and cynical today… especially on the internet. When we let ourselves indulge in something not quite so cool, we label it a guilty pleasure (seriously, go read Sara Habein’s great takedown of that concept). But when we turn off that cynical part of our brains, we find ourselves able to let more light and positivity into our lives.
This Week’s Challenge
Embrace Silliness in Your Life. Wear that Hello Kitty bra under your super-professional dress. Go see a kid’s movie by yourself. Run like Phoebe (just don’t hurt yourself). Take note of how much fresher and happier you feel afterwards.
This Week’s Mantra
The poet Horace knew the beauty of being silly, in this quote commonly attributed to him: “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans; it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or mental health expert, and there are problems that positivity cannot overcome, so please do not take this advice in lieu of a doctor’s care.
Not all challenges will be relevant to everyone, so I welcome you to come and go as you please and take from each challenge what works for you! Please make sure to share your thoughts in the comments!