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To Celebrate 20 Years of SpongeBob SquarePants, Here are 10 Lessons He’s Taught Us About Life

August 09, 2019

Read about the important life lessons that our belooved SpongeBob has taught us.


For two decades, SpongeBob SquarePants has upheld its sense of humor and relevancy as one of the all-time best kids’ TV shows. 

To celebrate its 20thanniversarylast month Nickelodeon aired a special episode. Viewers were treated to live-action appearances by the actors who have given voice to the show’s most beloved characters: SpongeBob (Tom Kenny), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) and Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). 

Let’s celebrate SpongeBob by reflecting on all the important life lessons he has taught us these past 20 years. 

1. Always Have a Sense of Humor

No matter what SpongeBob and his friends are doing, they’re always having fun. Life can be stressful and full of responsibilities, but if you remember to keep your sense of humor, even the toughest times look a little lighter. Put on a silly costume, tap into your SpongeBob spirit and let every day be filled with laughter. The show is a good reminder that life is what you make it. 

2. Express Yourself 

It’s no secret that SpongeBob doesn’t hold back his feelings. He isn’t afraid to express himself no matter who’s around or how dramatic it may seem. Demonstrating that it’s ok to own our feelings and express ourselves, SpongeBob’s actions offer a great reminder that bottling up emotions isn’t healthy for anyone. 

3. Live Life to The Fullest  

In the words of SpongeBob, “You never really know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” SpongeBob values his time, even when he is alone. Even if all he’s doing is watching TV or flipping burgers, he’s happy. Life is made up of tiny moments – don’t let them pass you by.   

4. Always Be Kind 

Encountering someone who is in a bad mood can easily impact how we feel and ruin our demeanor. SpongeBob constantly has to deal with Squidward trying to rain on his parade, but he never stops being kind no matter how negative Squidward is or how much animosity he throws at SpongeBob. Just because someone isn’t in a good mood doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be. If you have a choice (which you do), be a SpongeBob, not a Squidward. 

5. Stay Positive

SpongeBob may cry a lot, but that doesn’t stop him from seeing the positive side of things. For example, Mondays have a reputation for being a bad day, but SpongeBob always greeted the start of the week with an enthusiastic attitude. Whenever his alarm goes off, he jumps up and said, “I’m ready, I’m ready!” Reminding us that if we change our attitude, not even Monday can bring us down. 

6. Never Give Up

If SpongeBob teaches us anything, it’s to never give up no matter how many times we fail. SpongeBob botches his boating exam more times than anyone can count. Mrs. Puff hints that he should quit, but he never listens. Despite what others say and his continued failed attempts, he keeps taking the exam because he believes in himself even when no one else does. And that, my friends, is a lesson we can all apply to our lives

7. Appreciate Your Friends

SpongeBob and Patrick have a best-friend-forever kind of relationship and that’s because they appreciate their bond. Their time together is always spent laughing and enjoying one another’s company. They support each other through thick and thin, and even when they disagree with each other, they always manage to work things out. When you value your friendships, it strengthens them

8. Do the Things That Make You Happy

SpongeBob may not have a fancy job making tons of money, but he enjoys flipping burgers and living in a pineapple under the sea. He doesn’t need a lot to live a happy life. It’s not about how much you have, but what you have – another great lesson on perspective from SpongeBob

9. Embrace Everything That Comes Your Way

SpongeBob is always surprising his friends. Whether he’s popping out of mailboxes to greet the mailman or finding different ways to surprise Patrick, he represents the randomness that is life. You can try and fight the curveballs, or you can ride the wave. Either way, SpongeBob teaches us to enjoy the element of surprise. 

10. Always Be Yourself

No matter how weird or annoying SpongeBob seems to those around him, he never stops being himself. And you know what being true to himself gets him? Thousands of fans and a top-rated show that just celebrated 20 years.Tune in to Nickelodeon to learn more life lessons from SpongeBob SquarePants on Contour TV service


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