Four Surefire Strategies for Getting Seriously Silly

by Lance Ekum on · 44 comments

S I L L Y !!

Now there’s a FUN word!  Say it a cou­ple of times.  See!!  Can you even say that word AND be grumpy at the same time?  I don’t think so!

To add to the silli­ness around here, today I have a spe­cial guest who will share four strate­gies she uses to bring out the silly!  Please wel­come Joy Tanksley, from Being Joy.  I’ve only recently got­ten to know Joy…and that name, Joy, is so fit­ting for her!!  Just look below at that FUN picture…now doesn’t that have JOY (and SILLY) writ­ten all over it!! 

Really, check out her site — it is chock-full of pure fun (like her danc­ing!!!). 

Today, Joy is not only wear­ing her bra in a dif­fer­ent spot…she is also giv­ing us all some great ways to get our own SILLY on!

Four Sure­fire Strate­gies for Get­ting Seri­ously Silly


Draw a crazy pic­ture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whis­tle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
’Cross the kitchen floor,
Put some­thing silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.
 ~ Shel Sil­ver­stein

Silli­ness is a virtue that is often over­looked and highly under­rated. But I had the good for­tune of learn­ing its value from my incred­i­bly silly mother. It would totally embar­rass her if I told you that she would often per­form the “gas bal­let”, doing grande plies and dra­matic leaps while mak­ing the unmis­tak­able sounds of flat­u­lence with her mouth. So I won’t tell you she did that. Suf­fice it say that silly is part of my pedi­gree, and, in my expert opin­ion, we could all ben­e­fit from being a lit­tle more absurd, fool­ish, and ridicu­lous on a reg­u­lar basis.

Here are four of my per­sonal favorite ways to get seri­ously silly:

1. The Jelly Butt Game

This must be done in a pub­lic place and with a per­son who is eas­ily embar­rassed. With­out any warn­ing, begin gen­tly sway­ing back and forth and bend­ing your knees. Exclaim, “Uh oh! Oh no! It hap­pened! I have Jelly Butt!” At this point, move your body as if your rear end has turned into com­plete jelly. It’s best if you fall into your com­pan­ion for sup­port. But watch out! Jelly Butt is con­ta­gious. Your friend might some­day return the favor by hav­ing a sur­prise attack of Jelly Butt at your expense.

2. Bark Like a Dog
If you haven’t tried this, it’s a must. I can’t tell you how good this feels. Let go of all inhi­bi­tions. Get LOUD. Try dif­fer­ent types of barks – from yippy to bel­low­ing. Throw your head back and bark your head off! This one is deli­cious when done alone but is also great with a group.

3. Foot as Tele­phone
The next time someone’s foot is within reach, make a ring­ing noise like a tele­phone. Then answer their foot. They will be totally caught off guard, and will likely begin laugh­ing hys­ter­i­cally. Try to keep a straight face and carry on a one-sided con­ver­sa­tion, such as, “Hello? Yes, this is she. No, I am not inter­ested in tak­ing a sur­vey, thank you very much. Well, there’s no need to get snippy!”

4. Wear Under­clothes on your Head

This is a clas­sic for a rea­son. It’s price­lessly funny, and espe­cially so when com­bined with a goofy dance. I’m a big fan of bras worn on the head, with the strap going down around the chin. Under­wear works, too. And it doesn’t have to be yours.

I chal­lenge you to try at least one of these tech­niques and see how it makes you feel. As the famous philoso­pher Lud­wig Wittgen­stein said, “If peo­ple did not some­times do silly things, noth­ing intel­li­gent would ever get done.”

Joy brings the silly, and all sorts of other great stuff at her insight­ful and fun blog, Being Joy.  Check it out today!

Silly Alert!  This week­end I’ll be in New York City, with The Lev­ity Project, cel­e­brat­ing World Laugh­ter Day!  And it’s not too late to join in.  The more the mer­rier (and sil­lier!)!!  To reg­is­ter for this free event, click HERE, or visit the link in the side­bar. 

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
Lance Ekum
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