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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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May 21, 2007

In Defense of Pranks

By Mark Sisson

A Monday Moment

Actually, two moments.

First, Sara (a newly-minted Stumbleupon addict) “stumbled upon” this amusing prank-turned-art. Or, art-turned-prank. At any rate, in the grand tradition of such Monday Moments as Partying Is Healthy, this link got me mulling over my great and abiding love of mischief. Prankery is healthy (provided you don’t take it too far). Remember how much fun you had as a kid calling up the local five and dime and wreaking havoc? (Caller ID just had to ruin a good thing. What do kids do these days?) Or toilet-papering the home of the neighborhood curmudgeon?

I’m not advocating that you “T.P.” your neighbor’s house or regress to the intellectual equivalent of a spastic 12-year-old (perhaps a redundancy), but I am increasingly inclined to emphasize the tremendous health value of fun. I’m perfectly happy to discuss cardio, glucose or antioxidants, of course. But why do we really want to be healthy? Among other things, for pleasure and satisfaction. Longevity is meaningless without fun and fulfillment. So go party, and prank away.

The good old days...

This is Hyku’s Flickr Photo

Second: Philosophical, humorous, and otherwise memorable quotes are a perennial favorite of just about everyone. I have a “quote of the day” set up on my RSS reader, and today’s – from Dave Barry – struck me as especially encouraging: Your friends love you anyway. That says it all (note to perfectionists). And, my two cents’ worth: if they don’t, just move on. Anyone worth your time will “get” you, and anyone who doesn’t get you isn’t worth your time. And, by the way, that’s actually okay; it’s not bad if someone doesn’t like you or get you. It just is.

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[tags] pranks, Stumbleupon [/tags]

TAGS:  humor

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