This is technically Pierre’s wonder, but because of his lack of posable thumbs and typing knowledge, I decided it might be best for me to just write this entry for him.

Allan and I go to separate schools and for separate reasons, yet we came to the same conclusion.  There are a lot of grumpy people out there.  And that made us wonder…

 

What makes people grumpy?

 

At first we thought a lot of people just came down with a case of the Mondays, but then Allan pointed out that it couldn’t be right, because today is Thursday, and you know what?  He was right!  So then we sat and wondered some more.  We decided the only real way to find out was to ask some grumpy people.

But then again, we realized was probably not a good idea.  Grumpy people, we remembered, usually don’t like it when you ask them why they’re grumpy.  So, we went to our next best resource.  The school counselor, Mrs. Rubin.

Mrs. Rubin told us that when people are grumpy, it’s often difficult to figure out what will make them feel better.  Sometimes, it’s as simple as a hug.  Sometimes, it can be as complex as trying to get them to talk about their feelings.  Often times, though, the best remedy is to leave the grumpy person alone and let them work out their own feelings.

Fast Fact: Did you know that it takes 62 muscles to smile

I also learned from Mrs. Rubin that most anything can make someone grumpy.  It can range from people being mean or unfair, stress, not eating on a regular schedule, or lack of sleep.  Most times, though, grumpiness comes from lack of perspective.  Perspective is the view you take on certain situations that occur in every day life.  Is it the end of the world or is the situation not so bad?  Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

It’s been proven that people who have an optimistic perspective often times live happier and more fulfilling lives. Go figure, right?  It’s also been proven that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile.  So what’s a kid (or a sackperson) to do when faced with impending grumpiness?

Mrs. Rubin suggests talking with a trusted friend, teacher, or parent.  Sometimes talking out your feelings can help you to sort out and pinpoint what’s really making you grumpy.  Another idea is to go for a walk, play with some friends, or take a nap.  Mrs. Rubin said that sometimes when you’re grumpy, exercise (or rest) can help people overcome feelings, too.  Even going outside or getting away from the things that make you grumpy (assuming that you know what those things are) can help to hit the “reset” button and refresh your batteries.

One of my favorite suggestions is to create art, draw, or color.  I don’t know what it is about art, but just hand me a pack of Crayola crayons and some paper and the stress just melts away!  Apparently, like getting away from the things that make you grumpy, art helps to take your mind off of things.  It can even help you to express your grumpiness, if that’s what you feel like doing.

And though I’ve named tons of ideas to get rid of the grump in you, there are still tons more!  Listen to music, create music, write poetry or a journal or a diary, watch a funny movie with some funny friends, go to Wonderopolis and search for funny wonders of the day, read a joke book, read a Harry the Purple Monkey book (he’s always good for a laugh), or even help out a neighbor or a friend in need.  That usually helps get rid of grumpiness, too.  Anything that takes your mind off what’s wrong and gets it back onto things that are right can help you change your mood.

The point of the matter is this: whether you see the light at the end of the tunnel or woke up on the wrong side of the bed, now you know why people are grumpy and what you can do the next time you feel a bit on the grumpy side.

Take care and always wonder!


Your friend in wonder,

Pierre

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