That lovely German word ‘schadenfreude’ describes the pleasure that one gets in witnessing another person’s misfortune. While we don’t necessarily condone this slightly evil feeling, it can be useful in putting one’s own struggles into perspective.
For instance, it’s Monday. You didn’t get much sleep, the car won’t start and you’re late for work. What a terrible day you’re having! It’s easy to feel grumpy and full of self-pity, you might even bring the people around you down as well, with your crappy mood.
However, one look at this list will immediately make you realize how much worse things can be. These people are having a really bad day, and it’s sure to be worse than yours!
Scroll down below for your Monday dose of schadenfreude for yourself, and sure your own stories in the comments!
He Saw A Squirrel And Dragged Me Through The Mud On My Ass
So, like these unfortunate souls, have had a terrible day. What’s the best and healthiest way to deal with such a setback? Psychology today has some basic tips on how to calm down, come to terms with your fate and carry on with serene acceptance.
Start by setting an intention to be gentle with yourself. “When you’re feeling battered around by the winds of luck, you’re going to need some self-nurturing. Set an intention that you’re going to be kind to yourself while you’re waiting for the universe to start dishing out some kindness again.”
My Cat Couldn’t Get To His Litter Box Because The Toilet Door Was Forgotten Closed At Night, So He Spilt The Litter Bag Himself And Pooped On It
Some Musicians Just Aren’t Smooth
Treat yourself: “A dose of positive emotion will increase your resilience during stressful days. Know yourself well enough that you have a short mental (or written) list of simple things you enjoy that reliably boost your mood.”
“As a self-test, try to come up with five things now that reliably boost your mood. They need to be simple and under your control (e.g., “sunny days” isn’t going to work since you can’t personally create one of those.) If you find this hard, note whatever you can and add to it when something pops into your mind.”
Some examples could include: Getting a kind of food that you like that you don’t eat that often, maybe a lobster or some fried plantain! A good, tasty meal is always good for the mood… You could also book yourself in for a massage or meditation session on the way home from work, or yes, even a beer. But don’t overdo it, because alcohol is never the answer to a problem!
Kids Playing With Fire Hose During Coast Guard Demo
Went To Open My Fridge. Definitely Thought My Hand Was Connected Properly
Get something small done that’s on your own agenda: “Positive mood comes from a combination of pleasure and a sense of mastery (feeling you’re competent and can get things done). These both go out the window on bad days because having a run of bad luck usually feels frustrating, demoralizing and out of control.”
“Find something you can get done that will ensure the day isn’t totally unproductive. It’s a skill to be able to identify quick mastery tasks that feel achievable no matter what else you have going on. The more you practice, the better you’ll get at it.”
This Big Guy And Three Of His Friends Got Into A Newly Built Montana House And Proceeded To Live There For A Month Before Being Found
Stuck His Head In A Hole In A Tree To Take A Look, Guess What He Found
And finally, learn to recognize the impact of stressful events: “When I worked as a therapist, clients would frequently overlook or underestimate the impact of stressful events and frustrations on their mood.”
“It’s a lot easier to cope with one isolated incident than it is to cope with a series of blows that come in quick succession. If you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, it can help to recognize that many of the causes of your stress are temporary, one-off events, or random incidents of bad luck.”
These incidents are all just that, random incidents of bad luck. Life goes on! In the meantime, let’s all enjoy a little hilarious schadenfreude at these poor people’s expense!
Crashed Car And A Parking Ticket
Their Flight Left 2 Hours Ago
Good Morning And Happy Valentine’s Day! Why Not Start Your Day Off With A Turmeric Smoothie?
I Came In To Find My Tortoise Like This
Putting the clues together, it seems he pooped, got it stuck on his foot, ran in circles trying to get it off, and flipped over. Good job, buddy.
Threw My Swatter At A Fly. Don’t Ask Questions Because I Don’t Have Answers
My Brand New Roomba Ran Over My Puppy’s Shit And Proceeded To “Clean” The Rest Of My Home
Put My Visor Down In The Side To Block The Sun
Your Day May Have Been Bad, But It’s Probably Not As Bad As ‘I Tipped Over A Satellite And It’ll Cost $135 Million To Fix’ Bad
The F Fell Off My Ford Fiesta Flame. Now I Drive A Ford Fiesta Lame
When Your Snickers Bar Taunts You
My Dad Bought A Soap From A Charity In 2016 And Only Today Opened The Box. Look What Was Inside! P.S. My Dad Is A Huge Football Fan
When The Snowplow ‘Nicks’ Your Car
So Excited To Use My Pizza Cutter For The First Time
Bet She’s Glad She Bought That Tire Cover
The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Anyone Curious What Happened After That Guy Ripped His Pants At The Wedding. I’m His Wife
I’ve Been Using The Complimentary Towel At My Apartment’s Swimming Pool. Someone Just Told Me It’s A Towel For Wet Dogs
I just moved into a new apartment complex and I’ve been using the new swimming pool and hot tub. I usually come straight from the gym, so as a courtesy to others, I shower in this locker room before I use the pool. I keep forgetting to bring a towel so I quickly use one of these towels on the wall. Yesterday, a stranger saw me bathing and here and told me that this is actually a room meant for residents to give baths to their dogs and that the shower I’m looking for is in a different locker room. As he tried to hold back laughter, he asked me what I thought this blue thing was for. I told him I thought it was for bathing babies. FML.
Finally Gave In And Let My Daughter Get A Cat. Turns Out She’s Allergic
In Colorado, Due To Rock Fall, A 20 Mile Stretch Of Highway Now Has A 238 Mile, 4,5 Hour Detour
A Storm Came Through. The Plastic Furniture Barely Moved But The Grill Blew 30 Ft Into The Pool
A Woman Put 1.5 Gallons Of Windshield Washer Liquid Instead Of Oil
So This Guy Paused A Video Of A Model He Wanted To Look Like And His Barber Mistook The Play Button Icon With His Desired Hairstyle And Shaved Triangles On Both Sides Of His Head
Life Must Be Hard For Him
My Favorite Wedding Photo. I Got A Bubble In My Eye While We Were Leaving
Whoever Threw A Sink Into My Car Last Night
Trying To Even Out My Tan On My Lunch Break
ATM Shut Down With My Card In It
I Proposed To My GF This Weekend And Proceeded To Drop The Ring Down A Gopher Hole
The Door I Had To Get Through Last Night To Get To My Room
My Roof Caved In Last Night
Cut My Finger While Opening A Package Of Band Aids