Hi there. It’s gonna be okay.

This week was hard, right?

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Yeah. It was. All the stuff on the news is exhausting and it was a full moon and that girl at work was a bitch and your uncle was posting crazy bullshit on Facebook again and you didn’t finish that thing and you want to punch someone but you can’t because it’s illegal and you’re the better person and also you can’t go back to jail again.

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You’re not alone.

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And that’s good because pissed off people make good changes in the world and that’s necessary.

But it’s hard.  And slow.

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So it’s important to take care of yourself and remind yourself that the world is never as bleak as we think and that’s it’s okay (AND NECESSARY) to love and laugh and be silly and reground yourself with friends or family or books or binge-watching something awesome.  Surround yourself with good people because there are so many out there.  ENJOY YOUR LIFE IN SPITE OF THE ASSHOLES.

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Feel better?  Me too.  Now go and make your life the good place that you deserve it to be.


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  1. I need this. And I’m crying again. I hope everything will be okay. I don’t know that it will..or at least not for a long time. I hope I am still here to see the positive change. I hope my mom is, too.

  2. Sorry, but I don’t buy it. I guess I can hide out in my house & pretend & eat some Mac & Cheese, but that doesn’t make it OK. Shit’s just getting worse.

  3. I definitely needed this. I know positive change needs work but I wish there were some times when we could just take a nap for a weekend and all the horrible stuff was gone by the time we woke up.

  4. Those GIFs though! Cracked me up to beat the band. And, yes, I hate how this shit week definitely coincided with a very full moon.

  5. My rabbit died yesterday.
    Not a euphemism for I’m pregnant; one less adorable pet rabbit in the world.
    All the other stuff (bitch work people et. al.) were a little more bearable and now they are a little less.
    Thanks for the reminder that selfcare and fellowship help get us through the hard times. :-/

  6. Please come live in my spare room (at least until my kid comes home from college). You make me feel better.

  7. I’m now just mostly sad that we don’t get these nuts adverts in the UK.

    Chin up america, it’ll be OK. x

  8. Jenny, once again you are the emotional meter that we all needed to have in our lives. You are amazingly astute to the feelings of those who follow and admire you. It’s Friday, we should all take it one day at a time. I needed this too, just like others here did, and although I sometimes want to punch a couple of co-workers in the throat I know that it will get better. Thank you again, you are amazing!

  9. This was exactly what I needed to read today. My first week of being back at work full-time after having my baby 8 weeks ago, and my husband and MIL are providing the childcare while I’m working, and then my husband works nights, and I also have a 9 year old with school functions…it’s definitely been a challenging week! SO thank you for this!

  10. Thank you so much!! It has been a heck of a week so I have something for everyone….have some extra spoons! 🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄

  11. I needed all of those! I actually chuckled out loud (COL) which is better than LOL because I’m at work. Thanks Jenny

  12. Doesn’t anybody remember what happened with Judge Thomas? He’s in. And he was chasing his female assistant around the desk, fondling her AND fondling himself! He got in. Predators Rule! We are sooo fu*#%=Ed

  13. Omg…I needed this, this stuff has me so down. I just posted a bunny doing an ear trick (he literally just raised his left ear an inch) on my instagram account and signed off for the weekend because I can’t. Thanks for the silliness. xo

  14. I watch professional nail design videos on Facebook to get ‘away’…. I bite my nails – so this makes me want to not bite them.

  15. I am utterly emotionally wrung-out this week. I know a lot of us are. I’m so glad we have the warm blanket that is Jenny and this tribe for when everything feels so cold and dark.

    Let us go forth, and let’s kick some asshole ass.

  16. How did you know? Also, on the list of things I do to become normal again – reading your books has become an addition.

  17. It is starting to scare me how you post the things I need to see when I need them the most. Thank you for hearing me. For hearing us.

  18. As usual this is perfect and again I find myself thinking…Jenny Lawson is my spirit animal.

  19. My husband just died and a family member is being difficult. Your post can at just the right time to give me a much-needed life. Thank you!

  20. Now I’m crying. Yours was the hug I needed this morning. Time to get up and go to work…in more ways than one.

  21. Ha! Not letting the assholes win is my new motto.
    There are all of you, kind of like Dumbledores Army except we use this space as the Room of Requirement.
    And there are still school kids who speak the truth like this : a peacock is a party turkey!
    Party turkey.
    There is hope yet.

  22. It actually scared me how full of rage I was last night. I almost wrote you on Twitter because I was at the end of my rope. Thankfully, I just took a Xanax and went to sleep and woke up this morning to this. Thanks, Jenny.

  23. You always know how to help us laugh at ourselves and life. No matter how bad things seem, you are always the relief we need. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us.

  24. Thank you for your wise words about self-care and the reminder we’re not alone. I love your courage in sharing your “adventures” and the humor with which you do it.

    I would like to point out (gently) though a reason why those “as seen on tv” products exist and why they are advertised the way they are: https://imgur.com/gallery/LXkeq

  25. Love you back Jenny, thank you! Thank you for being your fabulous you (and that puppy gif is a stroke of adorable genius:) Thank you!

  26. I am on the verge of giving up. Fortunately my sisters and I help and support each other. Unfortunately – my brother and sister-in-law are pretty much estranged from the rest of the family due to their political leanings. Something I never thought would EVER happen in my family. This is really the worst timeline.
    On another note, did anyone watch the new Murphy Brown last night? Candice Bergman is made of awesome.

  27. Well, I was on the verge of tears and can’t promise I won’t give in to them at some point today, but THANK YOU for the gifs. I did lol.

  28. Thanks for this. The world seems to be filled with racists and misogynists, and it’s nice to see that not everyone is a douchecanoe.

  29. Thank you. Yesterday was hard, to say the least. I need to go look at baby animals or something.

  30. I really needed this, thank you! I’ve been having a shit time lately with uncertainty and new life changes and your posts always help!

  31. My job of almost 20 yrs. asked me to resign. I yelled at a VP and said no to the CEO. Not allowed. I sobbed at my desk and other staff complained about me and my emotions affecting them and the workplace. I will be on welfare without the job and i’ve made a good salary and had great benefits for almost 20 years. It is very humiliating, humbling…. I am trying to accept my limitations and not be ashamed, but it hurts. Thank you Jenny for telling me it is gonna be ok.

  32. Thank you so much for finding all the best eye and heart candy. I feel like I can go on today.

  33. It truly has been a bitch of a week. Been feeling stabby almost every day. Thanks Jenny for being kind to me today. And to limacine #67 – hang in there. There will be a rainbow at the end of this for you. I am about to quit my job because I’m tired for being taken for granted. I’m valuable to them for the ‘shit’ jobs like weekend work and heavy-duty, routine operational work (aka, boring), but anything that’s really suitable for my 40 years of experience is given to the newer, shinier people. Looking for my rainbow at the end of October. 🙂

  34. I have loved you forever, but never more than today. My father’s wife, who loves singing more than anything in this world, had much of her tongue removed this week because they found a squamous cell cancer on it even though she has never used tobacco or alcohol. And I went home from being with her in the hospital to watch with Dr. Ford’s testimony, with great hope. This morning I asked my husband to tell me everything would be all right, because for the first time ever I cannot say it myself.

  35. On the bright side for me after a hard few weeks(and a really bad one this week) – the sun is finally out and we might get several days in a row without rain. The sun should help.

  36. Didn’t realize how completely I needed this. On top of all the absolute crap of the newsweek, we just found out that my mother-in-law’s husband’s prostate cancer has either spread, or he has a new cancer. We don’t know the extent or the game plan yet, and we’re trying to remain hopeful, but it’s really really frigging hard.

  37. The lucky among us can ‘hide’ in our comfy homes and ‘turn off the world’ but so, so many people can’t. I love that you try and cheer us up, but it ends up reminding me of my privilege, and of all the hordes of people who don’t have that option. I’m no more special than anyone else- why aren’t we ALL blessed? So the despair always finds me, one way or the other.

  38. I could watch that part of infomercials for an entire day!!!! And I’m sharing the puppy gif. Thanks Jenny! We love you!

  39. Puppy video compilations are the best. So is the video of the guy falling on ice for 9 seconds. Now my week is complete. Thanks! 🙂

  40. I tried pot (its legal here) for stress and general freaking out over every little thing like its the worst thing that ever happened to anyone anywhere. It made me dizzy and nauseous. Fail! Other then that its all good.

  41. I am Canadian, but I woke up feeling super deflated and pissed off because of what is happening in your country. Burn the motherfuckers to the ground with your votes, you guys. PLEASE. Thank you for this, Jenny. The world is full of assholes but also good people who know the difference between right and wrong. This was the reminder I needed this morning. xo

  42. I didn’t know that was Sarah Baker in that infomercial! I love her! Her monologue on Louie was the best.

  43. OMGosh, Jenny. I can’t believe how much I needed this!! It’s been a crappy, crappy week. No, nobody died (and I’m sorry to the lady who lost her husband and the one who lost her rabbit). BUT my diabetic dog went blind and he is literally (yes, literally) the closest being to me. Thank you for making me laugh and smile today.

  44. It’s been a hard 24 hours in our household, for the obvious reasons and several not-so-obvious ones. Thanks for the gifs and the remainders that we’re not alone. We are doing what we can to make a difference going forward (because pissed off people make good changes in the world) and we’re going to enjoy the hell out of doing it (IN SPITE OF THE ASSHOLES!)

  45. Thank you for this. I both teared up and giggled. Infomercial actors are THE BEST.
    You are a wonderful soul, Jenny.

  46. Well, the bastard that’s been making a lot of us miserable at work just left the program, so YAY! OTH, my cat has a large tumor and is sick and I am sick and that totally fucks up the good news.

  47. Omg, those commercials…thank you for making me laugh through the darkness, again.

    I can’t wait to vote (and until then: help fundraise, support female candidates, make calls, and give hugs).

  48. I recommend slime videos on YouTube (always puts me in a borderline trance) and, if you haven’t seen it already, the Mister Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?; it is a balm for the tired, chapped, sick-at-heart soul.

  49. Thank you, Jenny. You are a bright, silly beacon in this madhouse of a world. I <3 you! 🙂

  50. Thank you for introducing me to the world of .gifs of people doing normal things badly. I had no idea that those were out there! I believe that it will get better….we and our daughters are going to change the world for the better!

  51. It’s tiring having triggers all over the place, but I’m glad you’re putting out funny gifs. Thank you!!

  52. Super bad, crappy, awful, horrendous few weeks….and I’ve barely looked at what is going on outside my little world. Just focusing on my sweet daughter’s cancer diagnosis and kicking it’s ass. She starts chemo on Monday, so please send prayers and good vibes her way (Heather A). I’ll send her the funny little seriously cute gif of the puppy. That would cheer anyone up!

  53. Ladbaby videos on YouTube are my cheer up watch. He is almost as funny as Jenny ( and his wife is a saint)

  54. So sorry for people going thru the worst. Thanks for yours & commenters’ kind words; so needed. Altho I realize I am so lucky compared to some others I still worry & am pssed off–as another commenter said, remember Clarence Thomas, OMG why can’t we *please clone RBG?!–and to paraphrase as you put it once, Jenny, I am the sole, designated non-Republican in my marriage, my neighborhood, my city, my county…surrounded by ’em, sigh.

  55. For all who can: vote! And: help others vote, as you are able. However flawed the process is, it is still the best way to lead to change that will improve the mental and physical health of millions of people. But only if we make it happen.

  56. I very much needed this right now. About to have a frustration cry. Then a relief cry and then maybe work will be over.

  57. Those infomercial gifs were just the thing. I’m still incandescent with rage, but I think that’s just going to have to be a secondary emotion pretty much all of the time now.

  58. How’d you know my week was like that? Especially yesterday? (Deep breaths.)

    Thank you for grounding me. Us. All of us.

  59. I’ve been extra stabby for the last week. I lost my temper and yelled at some jerks and then spent the rest of week feeking guilty for yelling at people who deserved it. We Minnesotans are very Canadian in our politeness, but we do know how to use a wood chipper when necessary. I’m on extra snuggle up comfort mode today.
    Thank you for being you.

  60. By golly, your advice is as timely as today’s headlines. A read of thebloggess.com equals time well-spent. Love to Hailey. At your same age, I fought the guys grabbing at me in school and I won. It was excellent training for what Life had for me later. I’ve never regretted having the conviction of my beliefs and standing up for myself, even when it’s appeared to be the harder route.

  61. It’s been a ridiculously LONG week.

    Hopefully my new running shoes will come today so I can go run this weekend and run off all the stress and extra calories I’ve eaten BECAUSE I’m fucking stressed out.

  62. It’s one of those weeks where I just have to stay off the internet and just binge watch Netflix or something. It’s too peoply out there.

  63. But how did she get the bowls in the cabinet in the first place? And who keeps their plastic bowls in an above the counter cabinet? Everyone knows they go under the counter. Sheesh.

  64. The gifs are humorous, though sadly, I am often one of those clumsy people, frantically trying to catch the thing I just bumped accidentally. Don’t judge me too harshly. My brain is often in several directions at once, so I have trouble concentrating on the physical task I am doing.

  65. Thanks. Just thanks.
    Cos I really feel sad and stressed and simply didn’t know what to do 💝
    Bless your beautiful heart ♥️.

  66. Cider helps. Particularly when it’s served in pints. Though some of those people toward the end look to have had a few too many.

    (This week started fairly horrible for reasons I can’t get into, but it did get better and I did get to have some new and slightly awkward experiences, so I’m counting it as a win)

  67. OMG that was like God speaking to me through you except my Sunday school totally didn’t prepare me for God the Potty Mouth. I’m having a “what if God was one of us” paradigm shifts.

    Check this out, Jenny and her peeps. It’s spoon theory with math metrics!!!!
    I don’t know this woman personally, but I think she could help our WHOLE CLAN with this single blog post. Please read it for your own sake. Jenny please repost it, so that people who don’t read these comments can still receive this cool “measure and then increase your spoons” advice.


    I started following her blog years ago because a positive psychology surfer sounded like a cool solution to my homesickness. She got super sick, broke up with her boyfriend, and almost died a month after I started following her blog. Then her posts got dark and depressing (cause cancer sucks), her followers were mean to her (which sucks even more), but now she’s a way more credible psychiatrist because she’s been there. She’s nothing like Jenny, but I see a super connection here that could explode into helping many people.

  68. Did you have cameras following me around? It’s creepy how you mapped this post to my life timing otherwise. I’m now afraid to let my son and daughter have soda with supper for fear of a nuclear reaction now.

  69. Thank you! My antidote is taking my nephew to visit my parents where we will press apples for cider. And he promised me the blue egg his chicken just laid. So the little things are still magnificent.

  70. Thank you. It has been an awful week. Emotional rollercoaster. I need to make changes to my life and I’m terrified and I feel stuck and trapped. I just cry a lot and feel terrible about myself which makes me think I can’t make the changes I need to make and it spins me.

  71. I’ve been avoiding the news for the last few days, and because some people are assholes, I’ve been avoiding social media as well. I just peeked at a few articles to know a little, and I’m back to mindless activity. Triggers, triggers, triggers.

  72. OMG! I needed this post. On top of everything you listed, my Facebook account was hacked. FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO, HACKER SLACKERS! Made me feel stabby…but the infomercials helped. Plus I snuggled with my dog, who totally commiserated with me and helped me change my Facebook password. Okay, not really, but she looked concerned the whole time then licked my iPad screen so that seems official.

  73. There’s the PMS. You didn’t mention that. At least I know that’s part of what’s messing me up extra beyond the obvious. Now if my boobs would just stop hurting.

    HUGS to all.

  74. From mimimim: YES! We can’t do much about the national scene if your “reps” in DC are anything like mine (vote them out). I cried during Murphy Brown when I finally got around to watching it today. It will be okay. We’re finding our feet, we’re finding our voice. Thanks, Jenny.

  75. Thank you, Jenny!! 🙂 fuck, you must have known, political garbage or no. I would feel even MORE stabby than I already do if I watched the news coverage more closely this week because WOW, America, but just as unfortunate I had to babysit the incredibly scarily incompetent , apathetic, and down right rude people at my husband’s doctors office and our insurance. He has surgeries scheduled for Monday and some loose ends are still not tied up. I almost flipped out Jerry Springer style on the phone the other day I have no idea how people can care so little about others especially in situations that are so important and effect the livelihood and health of others so much! I also had to shop for surgery foods at Costco today and just realized that the popsicles I got him have fucking lemon juice in those…you don’t want to consume that kind of acidity when you’ve had UPPP, tonsillectomy, and septum surgeries! Fuck this shit… I Give up! I feel like like life is like Pac-Man- I keep getting eaten by those ghosts, man! No cherries on sight…. no cherries in sight…

  76. Ok, but the croutons is a real thing. Thanks for the much needed levity at the end of a treacherous week.

  77. It’s been a hugely horrible week, at Casa de Penguins, and not just on the political front. This made me smile. Rare thing, lately. Thanks.

  78. Those infomercial failures are the best! I love them so much I had to comment even though I never have before.

    So, while I’m here, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for what you share. As someone who is lucky to be blessed with good mental health, but who has a number of sufferers in her life, I don’t always understand what they are going through. Your stories help give me some perspective and hopefully some understanding and empathy to others.

    Thank you

  79. Thank you. I needed this tonight. I didn’t get the thing done. Again. So much important stuff and I haven’t gotten any of it done it feels like and it weighs so heavy and all this shit on the news and all over FB hurts my heart. And just makes all the hard things that much harder.

    So thank you. Your timing w this post is truly impeccable. You could even go with inspired.

  80. ‘Enjoy your life in spite of the assholes’ – That’s going on my noticeboard, next to Allie Brosh’s ‘Maybe everything isn’t hopeless bullshit’. Because I need to remember these things.

  81. VOTE. Tuesday November 6 – VOTE.

    VOTE as if your life depends on it.

    VOTE – lives do depend on it.


  82. You’re amazing and so is this tribe. I don’t know why I always forget about you guys when I’m in my darkest places. Thanks for being there and reminding me that when life is being the most obnoxious jerk and everything is bull****, at least there are awesome people who are right there with you. 🙂 I’m so glad all of you were born.

  83. And call your senators every day and tell them that the people of your state want them to vote no even if they have already stated how they intend to vote. It all adds up, like an avalanche.

  84. It’s like I just watched me on a daily basis when o watched those gifs. It’s really entertaining watching it, not so much living it. And I’m glad I’m not the only one who had a week like that

  85. That last image of the atomic bomb said it all… made me laugh despite the fact that my world sometimes falls down all around me. Keep up the images and the posts, thank you so much, sometimes – for me, you are a bright light in a storm. xodougR

  86. Frankly, if the worst thing that happened to me was that a crouton broke, I’d be about the happiest damn person on the planet, LOL.

  87. It is great to know people–even online folks we have never met!–encourage one another and give hope. We DID have a bad week. Sometimes it feels as if the A**HOLES are running everything and ruining much of it, no matter what “we the people” want. I love the words after that part: “In order to form a more perfect union….” It’s so true: a house divided against itself will fall. So we need each other to stay afloat. Jenny, thanks for sending out the life raft with provisions and perspective. I am so glad I know about you, Jenny. You will never truly know all the lives you touch and save, girl. Blessings on you….

  88. The silly things people do in Infomercials make a lot more sense when you know that most things advertised in those commercials were originally designed for disabled people, but adverts insist on attempting to market them to the general population. Those silly juice pouring machines, weird cutlery, and basically everything that’s designed to hold all the things the clumsy people in Infomercials incessantly drop, were designed for people who have shaky arms because of things like Parkinson’s disease. Snuggies were designed for people in wheelchairs. The egg cracker that only requires one hand was designed for people who only have use of one hand.

    There’s no reason for people to be knocking over so many things in these Infomercials – but, if you have constant hand tremors, then it makes perfect sense. But since these products try to market themselves to non-disabled people as well, and to people who may not consider themselves disabled but do have issues that might benefit from these products (for example, elderly people), the adverts just show a lot of people who’ve inexplicably forgotten how gravity works.

  89. Jesus are you… are you SPYING on me?! This was the permission I needed to go to bed. Love it!

  90. As always…thanks.
    I just finished my annual weekend get-together of THE FOOLS, which is my group of friends from high school. We are all different and we live all around the US, but we are always there for each other. There have been cancers, deaths, divorces, kids with drug addictions and mental illness, parents needing care, but also very cool career moves, wonderful spouses and happy retirements. Fools beat Assholes all day every day. And you get to laugh till milk comes out of your nose.

  91. I had no idea how much I needed this until I saw it. Now I’ve looked at it every day since then and forgotten to comment every time. But thank you.

  92. Oh, Jenny, you are the best. You always make me smile. We moved cross country with a cat this week, and I needed a laugh. Love those gifs!

  93. Thank you for the blog and the clips and thank you most of all for the community you’ve created—what with the PTSD in overdrive and suddenly wanting to stub almost every man I see on TV wearing a suit—the only thing that has kept me together is knowing that I’m not alone—and stupid pet videos.

  94. Though I have to admit, I am sometimes the lady with the spray bottle. Stupid RA.

  95. “Enjoy your life in spite of the assholes” is my new motto. You rock, Jenny!

  96. It’s probably late to be posting a comment on last week, but I just had my faith in humanity restored and have to share. I was rushing to get out of a cab at the train station and somehow left one of my bags in the back seat. When I realized what I had done I was heartbroken – I didn’t think I would ever see it again, and there were things in there that I couldn’t bear to lose. A fitting end to the week from hell. And yet… I filed a report with the NY taxi & limousine commission (I had no idea there was such a thing – a police officer in the station told me about it.) Not only did they help me track down the driver of the cab, but the driver said he had been going nuts trying to figure out how to find me. He then drove across the city and dropped the bag off with my brother at his office. How often does something work out like that? Here’s to NY city cab drivers!

  97. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I so needed to see this today. Even though you wrote it last week. I probably needed to see it then too, but was likely too busy watching the news, crying, and just generally being a mess. Ugh. Hugs to you Jenny!

  98. So, ironically, we had to do an independent read in my AP English class (I’m in high school), and I picked Furiously Happy (great book btw I love it) and this was actually posted 3 days after our little biography project thingie whatever the fuck it is was was due, and guess what I still haven’t done and am pulling an all-nighter for so I don’t get detention? That project XD

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