Along with millions of other TikTok users, I currently have a 13 year old pug named Noodle dictate my mental health. Hey, at least it makes more sense than putting my mood on a planet 28.595 million miles away and in “retrograde” whatever that means.
Noodle and its owner, Jonathan Graziano of New York City, have won millions of fans with almost daily videos of a game called “no bones”. Please check the bone prediction yourself for theirs Tick tock or Instagram.
How “no bones” works
The game is simple: Graziano lifts Noodle out of his dog bed and then lovingly releases him again. If Noodle falls back into a slumber position, Graziano declares it a “no-bones” day, which is your cue to take it easy today. If Noodle stays upright, it’s a “bone” tag that is your #treatyourself sign. It’s like groundhog day, but the prediction is related to your energy level and the groundhog is an older pug.
Why “no bones” works
In addition to their legions of fans on TikTok, Graziano and Noodle have the attention of big news outlets like. drawn on NPR, The Today Show, slate, and more. Sure, her virality is largely down to the sheer cuteness of this geriatric oracle pug. I would also posit that some of the attraction is the same that draws people to horoscopes, superstitions, or their higher agency. It’s comforting to have some external, divine power that gives you a reason why you don’t feel 100% today.
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Additionally, the popularity of the phrase “boneless” is capturing our collective fatigue, whether from the pandemic or some other number of factors weighing on our societal soul. It can be difficult to articulate yourself when your mood is just “off”, and the common language of “no bones” is a valuable affirmation during these times. Or maybe it’s just because it’s a damn cute pug.
Have a bone day? Make the best out of it
The news of a bone day means it is time to take advantage of your productivity. “It’s a bone day on a Monday folks, that’s so exciting,” says Jonathan in the forecast of October 18which has over 10 million views. “The Japanese fried chicken you wanted to have for lunch today? Get the curry to dip them in. All those festive pumpkins? Buy them. That raise you deserve but haven’t requested yet? Ask about it. You have to treat yourself to something today. “
Here is our advice on indulge yourself without spending money or eating rubbish. Then, if you’re trying to achieve some bone-related productivity, here’s our guide for Turn your procrastination into productivity.
Having a boneless day? Be nice to yourself
First set the mood with the Boneless song. If you’re looking for resources to help you have a real mental health day, read up on how to do it Get the kind of rest you need, how one Plan your mental health days in advance, or as you can Go ahead and waste time. Noodle, Graziano and millions of fans want you to know you can have one of these days.