I read this quote today by Bob Newhart (for you younger readers, a big time TV comedian awhile back)
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~Bob Newhart
Many folks ask me how I can laugh and find humor in situations that most people would crawl into bed over. It’s simple actually. I refuse to give in to emotions that only hurt me and are counterproductive to dealing with the situation at hand. Don’t get me wrong, I do get bummed over stuff, but that is as far as I allow myself to go.
Usually it starts with a giggle on something I see or think. Then I start shaking my head that I’m even laughing. Pretty soon I’m just smiling and laughing, thinking about various ways it could have been worse, or how funny it looks, or maybe even how funny I must look. But whatever the nugget I latch onto, it pulls me out of whatever funk I find myself falling into.
One should NEVER make decisions when in a negative emotional state. Your thoughts are filled with negativity and rarely are pushing you to the right thing. Think about it, when you are in a negative mood, you don’t care. So if you have to make a decision, you will not care about your choices. Does the worl WHATEVER mean anything to you? 🙂
Once you begin laughing, your head clears, your heart opens and your mind can now address the situation.
So next time you are facing a bad situation, open up to the thought of a chuckle, then a laugh, then a smile. You will physically feel better and realize that while the problem didn’t go away, your negative mindset did. Now you can deal with it.
Don’t believe me? Try it. What do you have to lose?
Oh, and if people look at you like you are crazy? (yea, because this might happen) Just tell them laughing is better than crying any day of the week.
~~~till we laugh again~~~
- Laughter or/a Smile: Some days are harder than others (tadams4u.wordpress.com)
- Yep! I’m Laughing at You (tadams4u.wordpress.com)