Jay Simpson, a former Champaign Central High School and Purdue basketball standout, writes for The News-Gazette. He can be reached at

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Having a good sense of humor will take you a long way in life.

No one wants to be around dry personalities all the time; loosen up a little bit.

I was raised on character and taught to always treat people good no matter how high or low I am in life. It’s the ones who can’t seem to grasp this who grind my gears, because how hard is it to crack a smile?

If anything, it’s only going to make your day better along with someone else’s. The world is hectic right now, I know, but living life angry all the time will not help one bit. Get some joy in your life.

I understand everyone lives their life differently and people have different views and opinions on what I’m speaking about.

My view of life isn’t necessarily the correct way, it’s just how I see it.

If you feel like living life a different way may be more suitable for you, then do whatever makes you happy. I just don’t believe you can truly be happy in life if you never smile.

I’ve always had a really good sense of humor and it came fairly natural to me. Pointing out the good in a bad situation has been a strong suit my whole life. I feel as if I’m blessed; it’s not hard for me to bring joy into a person’s life.

It makes my day to see that I can make someone else’s.

Jay Simpson writes for The News-Gazette. His column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at

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