Honest feedback is often times necessary in life, even if the feedback is hard to hear. It could be getting someone’s opinion on your writing, singing, cooking, or really anything. Honest feedback helps people grow and improve, and as long as it’s given in an inoffensive way, it is something that should be seen as positive.
Question: So it was just April Fools’ Day and I got pranked! I never think to do any pranks myself, so I get annoyed when other people prank me, but someone always does. How can I stop this or deal with it better?
I’m sorry to hear that you keep getting pranked! While pranks, especially on April Fools’ Day, are meant to be lighthearted and fun, it can get really old if you are constantly the victim. There are two ways you can handle this.
Question: My question is simple; I love cats and dogs, but have never had one of my own. Should I get a pet?!
Ha, if only the answer were that simple.
Pets offer an incredible joy that everyone should experience in their life. Whether it’s to provide you with company and a new BFF, a family pet, a service animal, as practice for or in lieu of children, or whatever other reason, pets are fantastic!
On March 17th, people around the world dress up in green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While there is a big ol’ backstory to the holiday, nowadays it’s all about shamrocks, finding a pot of gold and… let’s be real: beer.
Another great thing about this holiday is what we’re gonna call its “mascot”. And that, my friends, is a leprechaun!
Question: I have a serious problem with switching off from work. I have what should be a pretty standard 9-5 job, but I get emails, calls, and texts in the morning, evening, and on weekends, and I always feel obligated to answer them. How can I go about improving my work/life balance?
This past Monday, February 18th, we celebrated Presidents’ Day. While it’s great that we have a day to honor presidents past and present, there’s one person in all of this who has definitely drawn the short end of the stick.
That person is the first president of the United States of America: George Washington.
Question: The city I live in has ridiculous traffic, and it drives me bananas! How do I stay cool when dealing with so much traffic?
Spending hours on end sitting in slow or even non-moving traffic can be absolutely infuriating. However, no matter how frustrating you find it, you won’t be able to change it. You can throw a fit and get upset on the road, but the traffic will unfortunately remain the same. So there are two things you can do.
Valentine’s Day is this week, and with that comes a lot of heart decorations. When you run into CVS to grab that last minute V-Day card or box of chocolates, half the store is decked out in pink and red hearts. Yes, indeed, hearts are the ultimate symbol of love.
But have you ever seen a picture of an actual human heart? It’s gross!
Question: I have a crush on somebody, but I’m too scared to say how I feel. And it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Help!
It can be incredibly intimidating to put yourself out there and tell somebody how you feel about them! Whether it’s a friend or someone you may not even know all that well yet, you probably have butterflies when you see them, right?
In most of the United States, January and February are absolutely freezing cold months. The dead of winter is upon us, and unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about it. Besides move to Southern California or Florida, of course :)
But for those who can’t migrate like a bird each winter, you have to get clever when it comes to staying warm. Sure you can dress in layers, stay indoors, and put on the heat, however, don’t you want to have a little more fun than that?
Here’s a list of the 5 best life hacks for staying warm this winter!
Question: A lot of times I find myself getting stressed because of societal pressure. Examples include parents constantly asking when I’m getting married and having kids, or feeling like my life should be different based on my friend’s lives, etc. How should I handle this??
For as long as human beings have existed, so have societal pressures.
Question: I saw last week’s Comedy Cabinet post about how nobody starts a New Year’s resolution til the Monday after New Years. I agree with that, but was wondering if you have any advice about how to stick to your resolution long-term?
Question: Every year at Christmas our family gets together, and there is always so much bickering! I know it’s kinda inevitable, but how can I make our big family Christmas less argumentative?
Anytime family gets together, there is always a risk for arguments to arise. Firstly, a big reason that happens is because you are all comfortable enough to speak your mind to each other, which may not feel like a positive at the time of an argument, but can be seen as a small silver lining.
Christmas is such a wonderful time of year! December is basically an entire month filled with holiday cheer and goodwill. There are gifts, gatherings, decorations, and more! Christmas also comes with infinite elements that warm the heart, make us laugh, and even make us cry (hopefully of laughter) - and when used to their potential, these elements are found in unforgettable Christmas movies.
Question: I’m really struggling with what to get my friends and family for Christmas this year, any advice?
There is indeed so much pressure when it comes to gift-giving during the holiday season. Finding a balance between how much to spend and getting the perfect present can definitely cause some unnecessary stress.
The story of Hanukkah is quite miraculous. Just a small amount of oil, meant for one night, ended up lasting for 8 nights during the Maccabean Revolt. Today, we celebrate with 8 nights of lighting the menorah, exchanging gifts, spinning the dreidel, and eating delicious food. Our Hanukkah gift to you: 8 curated classic jokes and one-liners…one for each night!
Question: Everyone, myself included, loves holiday food! Sometimes, a little too much. What’s your advice about finding a balance with how much to indulge over the holidays?
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years… all in a row! Each holiday, whether you celebrate some of them or all of them, comes with awesome traditions that we enjoy each year. One of those traditions is incredibly good food.
Thanksgiving is a great holiday. We eat amazing food, we get together with friends and family, and we reflect on what we are thankful for. There is a ton to be thankful for that many people take for granted, and on this day, it is nice to make an effort to remember the good in life.
However, this is a comedy blog, so here’s a list of silly things to be thankful for!
In the first edition of our Comedy Cabinet’s Texting Culture blog post, we delved into two points of text message etiquette. First was the proper way to use an exclamation point when messaging. The other was the right way to “LOL”.
This week, we have another fresh unwritten rule of texting to unfold…
Question: The weather in my area is really, really crappy for half of the year. It’s starting to get cold, rainy, and soon it’ll be snowy. It really gets me down! How can I stay positive when every time I step outside I’m uncomfortable?
Unless you live in a place with a near-perfect climate like San Diego or Los Angeles, frequently struggling with the elements is a part of life that you have to get used to.
Hate to say it, but there are certain things that a good text message requires these days, and if you fail to put them in, you might accidentally come off as a rude. Nobody knows exactly when or how this happened, but it is our silly reality in the digital age. A few examples…
Question: I’ve been back to school for a month now, and I’m really bummed about it! I miss summer. What should I do to get over my back to school blues?
First of all, this is a totally normal feeling. Summer is such a fun time. Between vacation, extra time with friends and family, camp, a summer job if you’re of age…and of course not having to do any schoolwork, it is pretty ideal! Not to mention the weather is often great. However, don’t lose sight of all the awesome things that the school year brings.
Giving a tip for services rendered is a very common practice in the United States. Whether it is a taxi driver, a waiter or waitress, a hairdresser, housekeeper, bellhop, or bartender, they generally receive a tip in the range of 15 to 20+ percent.