The Kim Jong-Un Experiment
Bring a Little Laughter to Your Life
“A light heart lives long.”
We get it. The world is a scary place. Dictators. E-coli. Impotence. There are thousands of reasons to fall back into bed and throw the covers over your head, and you probably know the exact friends to call when you run out of reasons.
Life is serious. It requires a healthy dose of strength, urgency, and focus. We clearly need to bring our A-game to this new world we live in. However, and this however is at the heart of the OXYGEN BUZZ LIFE, this does not mean we should allow this seriousness to take over our lives until we are wearing our poker faces everywhere we go; until we’re carrying so much of the world on our shoulders that our heads can no longer look up and see all the beauty that remains.
You don’t need to be a philosopher to know that 24-7 seriousness gets you nothing but wrinkles and ulcers, not to mention a poorly attended funeral. More than that, it does nothing to make the world a better place.
The Kim Jong-un Experiment is a 30-day commitment to bring as much laughter, joy, and light into your life as possible. And you can begin by laughing at yourself and those sensible shoes you’re wearing. Yes, we know you can walk in them all day. While there are many ways you can bring light and humor into your life, and we hope you’ll find your own (and share with us), here are eight take-aways to consider:
1. Avoid the easy route.
Finding stuff to bite your lip over and grumble about is easy. Everybody’s an expert at it. There’s no creativity or art involved. All you need to do is turn on the TV and let someone else tell you where to focus your attention, what to believe, or how to feel. From this moment forward, take your own route, and don’t let someone else’s seriousness become your own.
2. Embrace the ultimate challenge: Turn Age Into Art
Cultivating a lifelong ability to see joy and light within a deeply disturbed and dysfunctional planet is the stuff of alchemists, poets, and saints. It’s where you turn age into art. Make this the goal of your second half of life, and your life will be transformed forever. You can start with the next 30 days.
3. Turn seriousness into joy.
How do you find joy when you’re watching a hurricane ravaged family waiting for a helicopter to rescue them from their roof? You do something about it. Send cash to the Red Cross, volunteer, donate clothes, collect canned foods, sell your hair, conserve water, be grateful for your own home, hug your kids. It doesn’t matter how. There’s no one way or right way. The art is to channel the seriousness of any situation into a gesture that will bring joy and meaning into their world. Even if it’s your own. Especially if it’s your own.
4. Make peace with the world we live in.
We’ll save this for another day when we’re sitting around the fire and staring up at a sky full of stars. But, for now, we’ll go ahead and say it: Since the first caveman had his cave destroyed in an earthquake, the world has been dealing with heartache and sorrow. Locusts become hurricanes. The plague becomes AIDS. There has always been suffering and sorrow. Only the names and places change. And while we should continue to do our part to move the planet forward in a positive way, we can also use this suffering and sorrow to seek a deeper understanding of the universe we live in. Why are we here and what’s it all about? Again, we’ll grab a glass of wine and talk about it another time. The question alone turns seriousness into mystery, which is always a good first step.
5. Seek out people who uplift you.
It’s basic science. If we want more light in our life, we need to surround ourselves with more light. And this couldn’t be truer than with the people we surround ourselves with and bring into our lives. Make a point in the next 30 days to seek out all the people you know who make you laugh and smile, then welcome them into your house with open arms and a good back rub. Find old friends, make new friends, discover groups and organizations that are filled with the kind of people you want to be around. Your world will change because of it.
6. Avoid the dark side.
And while you’re at it, stay away from those people who always want to take you into the dark well with them. Again, you know who we’re talking about. They’re the first ones to tell you that Mary Tyler Moore died, or the neighbor’s dog got hit by a bus. It’s hard to do sometimes, but the better you get at it, the more years you’ll add to your life.
7. Turn off the news.
Being informed is a good thing. No argument. We want to know where the world is at so we can respond constructively. And, personally, I want to know as much as the next guy if I need to take an umbrella to work. But, it’s clearly apparent that most of the news is downright needless. Knowing about a mugging across town does nothing to my world. I get it. There are bad people out there. But, knowing that doesn’t prepare me for it. It just makes me more serious. Take your 30 days to stay away from all the serious and unnecessary news you come across (and if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you’re already too serious). Better yet, don’t watch any news. If there is something you need to know about in the world, someone will tell you.
8. Seek out funny, inspiring, and uplifting.
It’s not just uplifting and funny people you want to surround yourself with, but books, movies, tv shows, and podcasts. Make it your mission this month to track down the funniest tv shows you can find and start binge watching. Discover new comedians, read inspiring books, watch documentaries that leave you with hope, and movies that make you pee when laughing.
“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
Let the Kim Jong-un Experiment remind us that joy and laughter will not come to us. We need to seek it for ourselves. And this is a good thing because the simple act of looking is always the first step to bring more joy into our serious world.
It’s time to lighten up, my friends—it’s the quickest way to make a dark world brighter.