This Year In Side Effects May Include…

Our continuation of recapping 2016 brings us to the medical portion of the blog.

If you’ve ever seen a commercial for prescription drugs you are aware of the term, “side effects may include.” The commercial spends 20 seconds covering the many reasons why we should ask our doctor about their product. But the last 10 seconds feature the phrase “side effects may include” and then a laundry list of ridiculous things that might happen when starting the prescription. Many times the side effects outweigh anything that can be helped by the drug.

A similar thing happens in other aspects of our lives. In order to help, I offered 10 seconds of warning in a segment called “Side Effects May Include…”.

(from May)

When Finding Joy, Side Effects May Include…

– Chronic swelling of your ankles from jumping up and down so frequently.

– Abnormal feeling of resilience.

– Unusual ability to actually LOL.

– Developing Snow White-its — whistling while you work.

– Decreased appetite for grump soup.

– Jubilation oozing out of your pores.

– Strange tendency to lose track of time from having so much fun.

– Uncontrollable urge to juggle.

– Unstoppable shrinking of frowns.

– Increased ability to make friends.


(from July)

When Trying New Things, Side Effects May Include…

– Chronic swelling of the brain, aka, learning.

– Abnormal ability to find new hobbies.

– Unusual acts of failure, only to get back up again.

– Increased risk of a start attack, aka, starting something you’ve never done before.

– Decreased appetite for a bunch of stuff you now know you don’t like to do.

– Strange tendency to make friends in the middle of nowhere.

– Uncontrollable urge to try more things.

– Unstoppable shrinking of things left to do on your bucket list.

– Increased ability to make your actual life better than your Facebook page.

– Strange tendency to finish what you started.

– Plummeting of constant loneliness.


(from October)

When You Are Not Terrible With Money, Side Effects May Include…

– Chronic swelling of your bank account.

– Abnormal ability to pay bills.

– Enlarged growth of your vacation fund.

– Increased risk of being able to handle a financial emergency.

– Decreased appetite for a bunch of stuff you don’t need.

– Strange tendency to delete emails that claim you won the lottery.

– Uncontrollable urge to smile when depositing money into your account.

– Unstoppable shrinking in the number of calls from debtors.

– Strange tendency to sweat less when rent is due.

– Plummeting number of bad money decisions.


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