In 2008, The Dark Knight’s Joker character, played by Heath Ledger, stole the show. The Joker is obviously a villain as he robs banks and commits mass murder, but his attitude and laughter draw in the audience and make viewers fall in love with the bad guy. Now, to be clear, I’m not defending his actions or trying to convince anyone to be like this guy. His evil, pure evil.
However, there is something we can learn from this madman. The character’s famous saying, “Why so serious?” might be a little creepy, but it should actually be everyone’s life motto. Here’s why:
1 – Life is too short to be serious all the time.
Think about what you were doing a year ago. Doesn’t it seem insane that it’s already been a year? Think about when you first began your job. Has a decade already passed in the blink of an eye? Think about your kids. They were just little newborns and now they’re graduating high school.
Our time is precious, and therefore shouldn’t be wasted on negative moods. So if you find yourself feeling intensely scowling all the time, take a moment to ask yourself, “Why so serious?” Think about it. What is so crucial that it’s infecting your valuable moments with anger and frustration?
2 – You’ll laugh at petty little problems.
Everyday people all over the world face serious issues. Unfortunately, more often, what destroys our happiness are the little daily stressors that add up over time. Minor issues like getting stuck behind a car going 20 mph under the speed limit, the grocery store being out of your favorite bread, or stepping on a piece of gum are what make people aggressive and impatient all the time.
It’s a fast paced world and if we don’t get our way, we’re quick to let our anger rise, along with our blood pressure and stress hormones.
Next time you’re stuck in a long fast food line, don’t get angry. Don’t allow your impatience to control your mood. Think to yourself, “Why so serious?” And laugh at all the unfortunate people growing angry around you. It’s their loss, and you’ll be the one relaxing and enjoying your day.
3 – You will smile through it all.
No matter what’s going on in the day, just say, “Why so serious?” And smile through the pain.
If you find yourself getting yelled at by a customer, a coworker, or even a friend, throw a huge, creepy smile on your face. Ask that person yelling, “Why so serious?”
On a serious note, the action of smiling can actually improve your mental mood. If one of those difficult moments hits you hard, hide your face and smile for a minute. It just might make you feel better.
4 – You will be more likely to try new things.
The biggest foe for jumping into something new is fear. We fear to fail, we fear being embarrassed, and we fear the unknown in general. Most of us are caught up in a normal routine of repeating the same habits and activities day in and day out.
It’s good to try new things, and also a little scary. Repeat the phrase, “Why so serious?” Don’t think about all that could go wrong, because it’s not that serious anyway, right?
Just have fun, try something new, and don’t be too serious about it.
5 – This motto will help make light of a tough situation.
Last but not least, adopting The Joker’s motto can help you see the positives in a sucky situation.
It’s not always easy, but typically some good can come from any unfortunate event. To see the good, you must first slow the natural anger and frustration. Take some deep breaths and view the situation as a whole. And then, of course, ask yourself, “Why so serious?”
This just might turn your problem into a learning experience. All you need to do is take a moment to cease the negative emotions and think about the situation in depth.
The world could be a better place if we all stopped taking everything so seriously. Life is too short, so laugh at the pettiness, smile through the pain, try new things, and see the good in your life. Give this motto a try and see how it changes your everyday attitude.
Thank you ever so much for reading this post. 🙂