Life can be so SERIOUS. We’re stressed out from the constant pressure of life, our jobs, our finances, our health and our families. Everyday there’s some new crap that comes out of the media trying to scare you into believing that you just might not make it through this thing we call life.
It is all too easy to get caught up in the stress, the fears, and the general negativity that these thoughts can generate. And who would blame us – we are talking SERIOUS concerns!
Instead of concentrating on all that stuff, sometimes you just need to take the time to laugh. At what?
Take a step back, take a deep breath, and indulge yourself in a little reality check. Given all of these real concerns and the seriousness of everything, try these things on for size to give your funny bone a jolt of energy:
Laugh at yourself – isn’t it a little bit funny that scrunched-up face you make when you’re concentrating real hard? Or how fast you start talking when you are genuinely excited? Is there somewhere in your archive of pictures maybe one shot with you in a really-in-style-then-but-now-not-so-much-anymore choice in wardrobe? And do I even need to bring up haircuts – what were we thinking? My point here – there should be in our lives ample fuel for laughter simply by viewing ourselves as we really are. Not always serious, not always with-it, not always perfect, but real, living, breathing human beings. If we cannot laugh at ourselves, we have let an overly-serious world beat us. Just say no!
Escape to your happy place – Yes, it sounds like a quote from happy Gilmore, but a little escape from reality now and then can be just what we need to overcome stress in our life. First, you need to create your happy place. I suggest things like watching a funny movie, listening to stand-up comedy, playing with your pet or hanging out with the friends who get you giggling about everything. When you get in that mode of laughter, it releases good chemicals into your system that help alleviate the pain and stresses associated with daily life.
Don’t worry so much – If we worry about what the future may hold we miss our chance to live in the present moment which is ours to experience. We don’t know what’s in store for us so worrying is not going to help one bit. It is better to focus on what is within our control now and do the best we are capable of. How often do you see a concerned expression on the face of a one year old? But how often do you see anything BUT a serious, worried, stressed-out expression on a CEO? All worrying does is gift you with premature wrinkles. Kids make us laugh, wrinkles don’t, capice?
Make someone else laugh – It doesn’t matter what the context of the joking is, as long as it is not at someone else’s expense. Laughing is truly contagious. It starts with a little smile and broadens as it engages more of the face, ultimately resulting in a carefree, happy, stress-releasing tee-hee or guffaw or deep belly laugh or who knows – we all have our own personal laugh style. I don’t believe it is physically possible to not feel good yourself when you are responsible for making someone else laugh – it is simply against the laws of physics!
Sometimes you just need to laugh at yourself. You need to be comfortable enough with yourself to do so. If it is a particularly difficult day, you may need to retreat first to your personal happy place to recharge and get back on track. Making someone laugh along the way will make both you and that other person feel better. It’s really not too complicated a formula and you may like the effect it has on your life. Give it a try – what do you have to lose?
Here, this might help get you started: