Tip o’ the Morning to Ya – Sarcasm is a Poverty Habit

Rich Habits Word of the Day

Acrimony – Bitterness, mockery.   John learned sarcasm from his parents but later realized that the acrimony created by his sarcastic wit only served to damage relationships.

Rich Habits Fact of the Day

In his vaudeville and theatre years, W.C. Fields developed the inimitable persona of a boozing, sarcastic misanthrope who somehow remains sympathetic. Probably because most of the time his character—a hen-pecked husband, abused neighbor, and badgered employee—seems to have every right to be a bit surly. Born in 1880, Fields is something of a Charles Dickens protagonist come to life—if the Dickens character grows up to become an irascible alcoholic and comic genius. Leaving his home in Pennsylvania as a teenager, Fields developed a comedic juggling act that ultimately took him to the top of vaudeville and Broadway. He appeared in the movies as early as 1915, but it was Fields’ highly-regarded short films in the early 1930s—many of which he also scripted—that led to the comedian starring in features. It’s a GiftThe Man on the Flying Trapeze, and The Bank Dick are among his best regarded works.

Rich Habits Lesson of the Day

Sarcasm is often disguised, like a halloween outfit, as humor. We all like humor, so masking sarcasm this way, makes the sarcasm more palatable. But at the end of the day, sarcasm is a Poverty Habit. Because most people have a thin skin, sarcasm damages relationships. If you want to be successful in life you need to build strong, valuable relationships. Since sarcasm damages relationships, you need to eliminate the sarcasm Poverty Habit.

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