All I Really Need to Know I Learned from SpongeBob SquarePants

8 surprising bubbles of wisdom from Bikini Bottom

Illustration from Clipart Library

1. Take care of your pets

When Gary brings home a stray snail, Spongebob thinks they’re just playing but Patrick isn’t so sure. The next day, it looks like they were more than just ‘friends’ because SpongeBob and the cute little snail turned into 30 babies overnight.

2. Allow yourself to be creative

In the episode Artist Unknown, SpongeBob realizes he loves painting and decides to pursue the creative path of le artiste! But when the critics crash his party, he goes into a deep depression. Squidward steps up and appoints himself as his mentor, laying down all the rules of art and basically crushing Spongebob’s creative spirit.

3. Money isn’t everything

Always obsessed with making profits, Mr. Krabs learns this lesson when he sells out the Krusty Krab to a major corporation. In return, he gets a huge chunk of money, but they ditch the secret formula to cut costs and the legendary Krabby Patties are now made with sand and then injected with artificial flavoring.

4. Give from the heart

If you’re like SpongeBob and have nice thoughts most of the time, you probably give the best gifts. Kind, thoughtful people know what others truly want, like the episode where Squidward, who rarely gets excited about anything, is overjoyed when SpongeBob gives him the gift of ripped, glistening abs.

5. Don’t overeat

You might be wondering how a show about a fast-food joint could possibly have a message about healthy eating.

6. Enjoy your alone time

Loneliness doesn’t just feel crappy, but according to researchers, chronic loneliness is just as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Isolation is a gift. Everything else is just a test of your endurance. You will be alone with the gods. Your nights will flame with fire .

— Charles Bukowski

The poet and writer Charles Bukowski said it brilliantly and so did SpongeBob with the ultimate introvert’s anthem:

7. Don’t overthink

Exessive rumination is a major problem when it comes to being happy. So give yourself a break and don’t overanalyze like SpongeBob.

8. Be assertive

When Plankton isn’t scheming and plotting to destroy Bikini Bottom and steal the secret formula for Krabby Patties, he still has time to give Spongebob some valuable advice. In the episode Walking Small from Season 1, an adult fish sits on SpongeBob, prompting Plankton to give him his first of many lessons in being assertive:

Founder of the Dinner and Movie Night blog

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store