I have to admit, when a long-time friend ended his story about an exceptionally crappy day with “And when I got home and got out of my car, a squirrel peed on me,” I laughed. Luckily, my friend laughed with me. Together we chuckled at how life can be so relentless and absurd. What else was there to do but laugh? The mishap could easily be fixed with hot water and soap and, my friend knew that my Schadenfreude (German loanword for taking pleasure in other people’s misery) came from a place of love and support, not malice. Read the full article here.