I have a friend who wrote a book. (Okay, I have a lot of friends who wrote books, but this book became a New York Times bestseller and every other kind of bestseller the most genius marketer could dream up).
It is a sad and serious (though often beautiful) book, in the Calvinist tradition. I liked the poetic parts.
You may have heard of the book. It has the words 1,000 and Gifts in the title. Most people who followed my friend from the beginning are probably now up to counting 1 million gifts; so is the author, who has been compelled to buy many journals to hold the gifts. I rather think they could use a little comic relief (the people, not the journals).
So I am challenging them (the people, not the journals) to engage in some steadfast fun.
Sure, you could take up the challenge, even if you don’t have a history with 1,000 Gifts. Laughter is a human necessity. (Don’t despair. There’ll be more on the necessity of humor in rats later. I know you’ve been contemplating that).
Oh, you could put these thousand laughs in a journal. You could put them on a blog (grab a blue marble or a stack of sequins and go!). You could hashtag them on Twitter and Facebook, #1000laughs. Or you could close your computer, make a good pot of chicken soup (no worries, I’ll pick around the chicken), and start sharing your 1,000 laughs with friends.
When you are up to 1,000 laughs, you never know. You could be cured of an illness, steered out of depression, or… you could even get a book deal. If you’re the religious sort, the possibilities are endless…
The Hardy Puns of Paul
1,000 Laugh-out-Loud Devotions for the Co-Dependent Christian
Best Ironies of the Bad-Boy Bible
You get the idea.
If you are not sure you can find 1,000 laughs, start by consulting our handy Humor Scale. Then, go ahead, laugh. A thousand times. A million more. I know you have it in you.
Grab a Blue Marble for Your Blog
Or Grab Some Sequins
(Marbles? Sequins? They Are What You Want Them to Be)