It’s no secret that the weather can have a profound impact on our moods and productivity. But what if I told you that there was an author out there who could make even the dreariest of days feel like a sunny afternoon? That’s right, folks, we’re talking about the one and only humorist extraordinaire: David Sedaris.
For those unfamiliar with Sedaris’ work, he is a master of comedic storytelling. His essays range from absurd to poignant to downright hilarious – sometimes all in the same piece. And while his subject matter may vary (from working as an elf at Macy’s during Christmas time to his experiences living in France), his wit and charm are always present.
But what makes Sedaris such a perfect choice for brightening up a gloomy day? For starters, his writing style is incredibly engaging. Whether he’s recounting personal anecdotes or commenting on current events, he has a way of drawing readers in and keeping them hooked until the very end.
Take, for example, his essay “Let It Snow,” which chronicles his time working as an elf at Macy’s during the holiday season. Not only is it laugh-out-loud funny (seriously, try reading it without cracking a smile), but it also offers some insightful commentary on consumerism and human nature. And let’s be real – who couldn’t use a little bit of perspective when they’re stuck inside on a snowy day?
Another reason why Sedaris’ writing is so effective at improving your mood is because of how relatable it is. Sure, not everyone has worked as an elf or lived in France (although wouldn’t that be nice?), but many of us can identify with the universal experiences he writes about.
In “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” for instance, Sedaris details his struggles to learn French while living abroad. Anyone who has ever attempted to learn another language can relate to the frustrations and embarrassments he describes. And even if you haven’t, his self-deprecating humor is bound to make you feel a little bit better about your own shortcomings.
But perhaps the biggest reason why Sedaris is such a great pick-me-up on a dreary day is because of how genuinely funny he is. There are few things in life more therapeutic than laughing until your sides ache, and Sedaris’ writing has that effect in spades.
In “The Stadium Pal,” for example, he recounts his ill-fated attempt to use a portable urinal during a road trip with friends. It’s gross and ridiculous and totally absurd – but it’s also impossible not to laugh at (even if you’re cringing at the same time).
Of course, it’s worth noting that Sedaris isn’t for everyone. His humor can be irreverent and sometimes bordering on offensive, depending on your personal sensibilities. But for those who appreciate his brand of comedy, there are few writers out there who can match his ability to turn even the most mundane experiences into something hilarious.
And let’s face it – we could all use a little bit of levity in our lives right now. Whether you’re stuck inside due to bad weather or just feeling down in general, picking up one of Sedaris’ books is sure to put a smile on your face (and maybe even make you snort with laughter).
So go ahead – give yourself permission to indulge in some good old-fashioned humor today. Your mental health will thank you for it!