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Feel Good Friday: The New Yorker's 'Daily Shouts'

This week’s Feel Good Friday is dedicated to a blog that has been making me, well, feel good for a while now. Since 2012, The New Yorker magazine has been publishing a ‘Daily Shouts’ column, where witty writers submit everything from (fake) news reports to (ironic) self-help tips. Some pieces feature sarcastic, dry, pessimistic-but-in-a-funny-way takes on life as we know it, while others are lighthearted, poking fun at people, places, and things, with hilarious illustrations to match. 

What I love most about Daily Shouts is that they’re not only relevant to today’s world, but manage to be insightful and original while also being all-too-relatable. Rather than using humour as a means to ‘escape’ not only the craziness of world events, but the reporting to match, The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts column looks at all of this in a funny way. It’s a refreshing take on the stuff that we deal with daily, from wondering what people are really doing during quarantine, to framing the outrage we feel at a lack of justice for Black people in a simple illustration (that makes it all make sense). 

If you don’t believe me, go see for yourself! Here are some of my recent favourite Daily Shouts: 

How Your Enemies Spent Quarantine 

Offer and Counteroffer

Date Ideas for a Post-Quarantine World

Happy reading, and happy weekend!

The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing have been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.