One Sick Pumpkin

One Sick Pumpkin

I took this photo in Washington, D.C.

Pumpkins are out this year all over town.

This one was funny sitting on the chair and feeling a little nauseous apparently.

So much for trick or treat!

The garbage can on the immediate left seems to be feeling the better. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Even The Buildings Smile

Even The Buildings Smile

Soon we will end the weekend and move into the next workweek.

As a kid, I remember people calling it “Blue Monday”–presumably because of the feelings people had going back to work.

I know some people that don’t even like to go out on Sunday evening at all, because of the anxiety they feel about the upcoming week.

But I thought this was a great photo that my daughter took to express the weekend joy and good feelings and the importance of carrying these forward throughout the whole week.

Someone actually drew this smiley face on the side of the building!

When my other daughter, Minna, asked my mom in the nursing home today for some words of wisdom, she reminded us all that “the years go by all too quickly!”

In her words, I understood that the main thing is to find meaning and purpose, give more than you take, and remember to count your blessings every day. 😉

(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

Who’s That?

Who's That?

So we went to Five Below today where everything sells for–that’s right–less than $5.

They had these cool Frisbees with faces on them and I thought this would make a sort of funny photo.

So we posed underneath the “hot stuff, cool prices” signs.

Anyway, it’s fun to let loose and just have some good-natured fun. 😉

Hope you enjoy!

Mural of Brotherhood

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Really love this mural of kids and adults holding together in joy and brotherhood, the big sun with the smiley face, and the butterflies.

This was posted up next to a local school near their track, field, and basketball courts.

When all the world is topsy-turvy with riots and fighting, WMD and threats of annihilation, and all sorts of financial doomsday scenarios–it is uplifting to see this simple and pure painting spreading happiness.

Let’s create a world for our children and grandchildren with more joy, positivity, and stability, and less stress, fear, and uncertainty.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

An Approach To Teamwork That Isn’t Hot Air

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The team took a couple of minutes of downtime to rejuvenate.

Ever creative, they drew a smiley face on some celebratory balloons.

Up over the air conditioner, and the balloons danced literally all day long.

One person is waving their arms to show no strings or anything holding it up.

For a terrific team that works really hard, it was nice to see them laugh it off a little.

Cost what–2 cents? And it made everyone happy!  🙂

Happy Mr. Smiley Rock

Happy Mr. Smiley Rock

Remember the Pet Rock–someone made millions of dollars selling lonely people a rock with instructions for care.

Playing around on the computer this evening, I crafted a new character.

Meet Mr. Smiley Rock.

He tough as a rock, handsome with his lovely hair, and dashing with a smile that’s ear to ear.

I started with a picture of a rock that I noticed when hiking.

The rock had leaves at the top that made it look like hair to me (I know crazy, huh).

I thought to myself take the photo and then when I am back, I can just add a smiley face and voila–it’ll come alive.

I found this cute smiley face balloon online and created this mashup.

I showed it to my wife who gave it her expert blessing.

Now, I share it for your enjoyment and critique.

Hey, what are weekends for if not a little fun and creativity?

(Source Photo of Smiley Balloon: here and adapted with my photo of the rock with leaf hair)

Sharing Some Laughter and Happiness

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There are some cool articles in Mental Floss (March/April 2012) on laughter and in Harvard Business Review (January 2012) on happiness–hopefully an auspicious sign for us all.

Some things to think about with laughter:

– “Babies laugh 300 times a day, while adults laugh only 20 times.” —  Maybe we all need to be a little more babyish?

– Laughter is “used as a social lubricant; we use it to bond with others.” — This reminds me of something my father always said: “when you are with those you love, the joy is twice the joy and the sorrow half the sorrow.”  In essence then, people help us deal with our emotions and our emotions help us deal with people–we all need one another.

– Laughter is contagious, truly. “Hearing laughter activates the brains premotor cortex. preparing the facial muscles to smile and laugh in kind.”  — What a blessing to laugh and help others laugh as well.

A brief history of happiness:

1776 — U.S. Declaration of Independence declares right to the “pursuit of happiness.”

1926 — “Happy Birthday” song composed.

1963 — Invention of smiley face. 🙂

1977 — Introduction of McDonald’s “Happy Meal”.

So it’s only March 14 (National Pi Day 3.14)–and it already warm outside, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in bloom, and there is plenty to feel happy about, laugh at, and be grateful for in this world.

Thank you G-d!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)