Do You Take Life Too Seriously? by John Cali and Spirit

True humor is fun—it does not put down, kid, or mock. It makes people feel wonderful, not separate, different, and cut off. True humor has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together. ~ Hugh Prather

George Carlin: “Look busy—Jesus is coming.”
Image copyright © 2008 by Bonnie

There’s a young lady I see often—she works at one of the local businesses where I’m a regular customer. In all the time I’ve known her, I’ve never seen her smile or say something pleasant to the customers. She wears a sour, serious look which never changes.

I’m not judging her, and there probably is something sad going on in her life. But it’s no fun when she waits on me.

In my opinion, far too many of us go about our days with far too much seriousness—as this young lady clearly does. I used to be like that when I was younger—always serious, almost never laughing.

Do you know anyone like that? Here’s Spirit.


From our perspective many humans certainly do take life too seriously.

Babies and animals know how to play and have fun. The reason is they are still fully aligned with their source energy—or God. They have not drifted away or forgotten, as most adult humans have.

There is nothing—nothing—on your planet that justifies any of you going about your lives as seriously as many of you do. We’re not ignoring the challenges all of you, individually and together, are facing in your modern world. And we’re not saying to “stick your heads in the sand.”

But we are saying you will move through your challenges and your lives far more easily and effortlessly if you would simply take a few minutes each day to find something to laugh about.

Laughter—joy—fun have many powerful benefits for you and for your bodies, minds, and spirits.

You can literally heal your bodies with laughter. As your famous editor did. (Spirit is referring to Norman Cousins who used laughter to heal himself from a life-threatening illness.) You can heal your minds of depression, anxiety, and fear. And your spirits will laugh along with you.

There is no seriousness in the world of spirit. We enjoy, and take joy in, every aspect of our, and your, beings. We would love to see every one of you see yourselves as we see you.

At your core, all of you are fun-loving, joy-filled, happy beings. That is your true nature. You’ve just let yourselves get talked out of that.

Now is the time to remember who you truly are. So start deliberately looking for the fun, the joy, the laughter in every aspect, every challenge even, of your lives.

Have fun with all this. Life is not serious. Life is meant to be fully lived with deep joy.

Your joy brings you closer to your true selves, to spirit, to each other, and to all that is.


There’s no doubt about it—babies and animals know how to play and have fun. There’s nothing profound about this video. But watching it will give you a few moments of fun and play. We could all use more of that!

 Related links:
Having Fun Can Save Your Life
Fun At Frank’s Barber Shop
Remembering Joy


Do you know anyone who takes life too seriously? Are you too serious? What can you do to bring more laughter into your life? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.


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4 Responses

  1. Jeannie

    Being unhappy and miserable takes strength and energy from you. It takes allot of hard thinking to be unhappy. You have to dwell and dwell and think so hard to find all the reasons that life is hard. Yet laughter and fun releases your mind and heart until you feel like you are flying. All it takes is a simple thought of something funny to shatter all those dark thoughts. You can pull yourself away from despair by changing your thoughts. Looking for something that makes you smile. And a smile from you to others whether you know them or not can be the switch that over comes their sad thoughts. A smile is so simple a thing and it costs nothing yet can give you so much.

    By the way I have a new pet (not that she replaces my Melony). Her name is Ruby and her playfulness is fantastic. She likes being chased,hiding until I can find her then she dashes out spinning around to attack. She is glorious and keeps me laughing. She is so tiny and so full of energy, she brings out such fun in me.

    The video’s of the dogs and babies was great, thanks for sharing.

    love and hugs and a smile

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Jeannie.

      Pets are great companions and teachers. Sounds like Ruby loves to have fun! 🙂


  2. Joseph k

    I think you can be serious and funny at the same time, like George carlin did
    The world does need cheering up though, was also the philosophy of patch Adams
    Life is a tragicomedy ,up and down and round and round
    There is a cosmic joke and its bloody hilarious!

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Joseph. I agree — seriousness and humor can go very well together.

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