Laughter is the best stress reliever.
But how can someone initiate laughter? And how can you keep the stem of this laughter from turning into procrastination?
I often think that I am doing myself a favor by simply watching a sitcom and laughing.
After all, laughing releases endorphins to make you feel better, it acts as an exercise to strengthen your core muscles and reduces stress.
The problem with me watching sitcoms?
They are 30 minutes long, the first one tends to lead to another and I just sit in a chair by myself the entire time.
It does take some effort or activity to laugh at something, so what are some other things that can make you laugh?
- A funny joke from a friend
- A funny situation at work, school or wherever you are
- A comedy club, stand-up comedian or funny movie
All of these are great, but once again they take effort, time and some even cost money.
So why not laugh at things that already happened? I’ll take it a step further. Why not laugh at things that already happened to YOU? Difficult, miserable, even destructive things that happened to you.
Laughing at your own sorrows doesn’t make them disappear, but it puts them on your team.
Your trials and tribulations are suddenly something that no one else can laugh at you or criticize you for. Why? Because you beat them to it. You no longer let it affect you and therefore nobody can let it affect you.
Think of your deepest regrets or failures. Maybe you let down a friend or family member, submitted your book 50 times with all rejections or received a denial letter from your dream job or school.
Now laugh about it.
Think about this: Your failure or regret is far better than what most people are going through on a day-to-day-basis. In our world people are suffering through terrible situations.
Now, open up a file of one of the first things you worked on, whether it be a short story, website, film, class paper or what not. View it and examine the horror. It’s probably terrible, I know my first’s in anything usually are.
Your failures are simply comical attempts at success.
Everyone sucks when they try something new, and it’s hilarious. Failure is funny because you tried something new, you did it the worst you can possibly do it and it felt like your life was being wasted.
However, laughter also stems from the fact that you can literally see your improvement. Call it “joy laughter”, but you are able to see the transition you have made into a person who can legitimately call them self a writer, poet, filmmaker, cook, gardener, comedian or whatever.
So just remember that when you failed before or did something you regret, there is probably some great laughs to be had, and most importantly: You’re overreacting.
Riding a bike is fun, but falling off a few times to learn is where the great stories come from.
Besides, how can you not laugh when people with more difficult situations do it everyday?
Tell me about a failure or misfortune that you can now laugh at in the comments.