With some of the stuff that’s going on in the world, I’ve been feeling down lately. Fortunately, there are a lot of people out there who put stuff out there that’s good at making me smile or chuckle – intentionally or not. Here’s another collection of videos that helped cheer me up, even on the bad days. Enjoy!
If you’re interested, Part I is HERE, and Part II is HERE.
Ready to Monday: Take on Me by The Band of the Bold (part 1)
This one doesn’t make me chuckle so much as it makes me smile. It looks like friends having fun being weird, and sometimes that’s the best kind of fun to have!
Weather Map Goes Crazy Live on the Air
When something goes wrong, you have two choices: try to fix it, or go with it. This guy does the right thing.
People Try Moonshine For The First Time
From the now-defunct Facts. channel comes a great video featuring Irish people trying moonshine of various colours and flammability (warning: some “interesting” language in this one).
Jasper Pet Skunk Crying to be Picked Up
I grew up out in the country, and I’ve seen (and been with spraying distance of) more than enough skunks. I’ve never heard one make little motor noises, though…
Hulk’s Purple Pants | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim
Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk when he gets angry. Purple pants are hard to find. The joke tells itself, and Robot Chicken does it really well.
It seems like everything today is competing for attention. Commercials, TV shows, healthy living trends, real estate agents, political candidates/parties, monster trucks… I’m not saying any of it is bad, but some days it can seem pretty relentless.
Every once in a while, I run across something that – instead of demanding my attention and trying to stretch my mind – I find to be quiet and calming. Some of the videos are designed to be relaxing, while there are others that probably aren’t intended to be that way but end up relaxing me anyway. Maybe you will find some of them useful to help unpack your brain at the end of a stressful day or perhaps they will help take your mind off of something that’s bothering you.
Some of the following videos are very long and I haven’t watched or listened to the whole thing so I can’t be sure there isn’t an interruption or something surprising in them somewhere. Watcher beware, I guess.
This amazing video by Alphonse Swinehart is a 45 minute journey at the speed of light through the solar system. It starts at the sun and ends just past the orbit of Jupiter. The music is good, the graphics are impressive, and it even shows the orbits of the planets as you get far enough from the sun for them to be put into perspective. You can download the video, too, and put it on your tablet or phone and watch/listen to it whenever or wherever you want.
Dan Gibson – Thunderstorm In The Wilderness
We have several of the Solitudes series of CDs by Dan Gibson. There are a couple of tracks that I really like but I think this one is my favourite out of all of them. It’s a thunderstorm, but it’s relaxing – slow rolling thunder and some rain falling at a pond or perhaps a creek. It’s not a wild ride with hail and crashing booms and coyotes blowing through the air. This is one of the two tracks I have been experimenting with listening to (along with a track of waves at a beach) to help blot out the real world when I’m doing my mindfulness and worry exercises. Seems to be working so far.
Guinea Pig Muffin Sleeping
I like guinea pigs. They’re cute, they each have their own personality, and (for the most part) they love snuggling up to their humans. This video here shows a very relaxed pig, ears twitching and mouth moving while it dreams. It’s not a very long video, but it makes me wish I was zonked out on a comfy bed, having pleasant dreams.
Beautiful Coral Reef Fish – Relaxing Aquarium and White Sounds 1080p HD
I have always found it relaxing to watch fish as they slowly wander around in the water. Sometimes I’ll pull up a chair to Lloyd’s aquarium and watch him and Buddy leisurely go about their days. There are a lot of relaxing fish videos out there but most of them are set to music and I prefer the water sounds. You may want to turn the volume down a bit for this one – I like the sound but find it a little loud.
11 hrs. Healing Sea #1 – No Music – Gentle Ocean Waves – Soothing Sound Of Ocean
A camera perched on an empty beach, watching the waves roll in. The sound of the waves rushing up the sand and breaking. No beach umbrellas, no dune buggies, no water skiers. Just the sand and the water and the air.
I hope you find some of these videos useful and/or enjoyable!
Here is another selection of videos that can help cheer me up when I’m feeling bad or when it feels like time is standing still (in a bad way).
You can find my original post of videos that make me smile here.
There’s nothing like a friendly face and a catchy, upbeat song to chase the clouds away.
Brain Surgeon – That Mitchell & Webb Look , Series 3 – BBC Two
You can see it coming from a mile away, but it’s still funny when it hits.
Don’t Touch Me
Take an old cartoon, chop it up and dub it with different voices, and what do you get? Pure, unfettered awesomeness, that’s what. I should put this on my phone and play it loud whenever I leave the house.
Whose Line – Colin’s “Weird Newscasters” joke (reindeer)
Whose Line is one of my favourite shows, and Colin Mochrie cracks me up. I think this is one of the funniest jokes he ever made on the show. You know it’s good when the rest of the cast starts laughing!
True Facts About The Sea Pig
Another valuable biology lesson from Ze Frank. This video reminds me to be grateful that I don’t have a cloaca.