Today we ask that you not take everything so seriously.

Sometimes people are very humorless as they go through life.  They think life is a serious business.  The world is a terrible, difficult place, and only a fool would think there was anything to smile or laugh about.

Of course, it is known that the great sages of history usually seemed like fools to their fellow men.

Life is meant to be enjoyed.  Even animals play, and bask in the sunshine.

But sometimes humans think it is irresponsible to play, and bask in the sunshine.

Some well-meaning people are so troubled by all the injustices in the world that they believe it is wrong to smile, or laugh, or have a good time, when there is so much suffering.

These people are missing the point.

Being humorless and serious all the time doesn’t help anyone.  It just makes you an unpleasant person who causes as much misery as does good.

Anything worthwhile in this life can be done with a smile.

Comedies are worth just as much as tragedies — and often are much more effective at easing suffering.

If you persistently engage in activities that bring you no joy, perhaps you need to question why it is you do these things.

If you ever feel like you’ve lost your sense of humor or can’t smile and laugh, then it is time to take a step back and really look at the way you are living.