I went running with my friend Joe a few days ago, who also happens to be in marathon training mode. One of the reasons I enjoy Joe as a running partner is because of his goofball personality (aside from the fact that he pushes me to run harder and faster because he knows what I’m capable of). As previously mentioned, I don’t really enjoy running since I started taking on other less-grueling activities. So when I meet Joe for a run and he gets hyped up about Justin Bieber on his playlist, the laughs that follow force me to forget about the pain and the experience becomes so much more enjoyable.
On my way home that night I thought about the effects of Joe’s persona on my overall attitude. My friends are pretty awesome (shout out to you all!) and one of the many reasons is because they keep my spirits high. There’s nothing better than posting a vague Facebook comment and watching hilarity ensue in the threads that follow or acting silly with friends at work and laughing until your tummy can’t take the pain.
There are few things that I’m good at. And I mean REALLY good at. But I’ve been told I have an innate ability to make people laugh and keep things jovial and light-hearted. Why not? I think people underestimate the power behind a smile. Laughter is truly contagious. It’s why I strive to keep a positive outlook not just for myself but for those around me. You never know whose bad day you can completely turn around with one nice comment, one silly joke or one simple smile. Even from a complete stranger.
So here are a few of my favorite people caught in the act. Make it a point to pay it forward.