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How To Laugh More and Worry Less
I'm sure you've heard it all before laughter is the best medicine. It’s true; laughter is a cure that has a way to end a lot of woes. If you are alive then happiness should always be something that you strive for. Life is too short to spend one moment in unhappiness.
In order to understand why we need to laugh more and worry less we have to understand what makes us unhappy. Here are just a few;
- Traffic congestion
- Too much work and very little play
- Marital and relationship problems
- Family problems
- Competing demands for times
- Too Much Debt
- Lack of Money
- No Savings
- Too Few Vacations
Above is just a short list, I’m sure you could add a lot more to what makes us unhappy. Some of those things you might be able to do something about but you won’t be able to if you are stuck in sadness.
Ease Your Stomach Worries, Fill It Up With Laughter
Those little things that make us sad make us worry. If we are stuck in traffic too long, we start to worry about our jobs or making it to an important event. We feel like we might miss out on something or even lose our income. No one wants that to happen.
Love relationship problems spew over into everything else. The way we treat our co-workers, family and friends can sour if we are not happy in our love relationships. Then we’ve developed another problem, not only is our love relationship at risk so are our other important ones.
The lack of money is a big one. I deal with that every day. Often clients call me about their money problems when it has become a cash problem. Most times they complain of having more money than month. The lack of cash impacts everything.
Seeking help is an important step and clients that are courageous enough to step outside of their sadness often are better off because they took action. I guess they get tired of me saying this in emails, newsletters and client visits; “The best way to take action against any worry is to do something about it.” However everyone doesn’t do that because of what I discuss below.
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
The Noise Heard Around the World
People don’t take action against their worries because they are unhappy.
Sadness cripples and paralyzes us against taking actions that will make us better. We start to say negative things to ourselves and feel that we aren’t worth it. Sometimes we even feel like we won’t be successful correcting our unhappiness. So, we stay stuck in a deep, dark hole of unhappiness. The saddest part of being in a pit is that no one sees us. The black hole that we’ve built for ourselves is so deep that no one knows that we are really in there unless we make a loud noise.
The loud noise is laughter.
The Language of Laughter
Everyone understands the language of laughter. As I stated earlier, if you are in trouble the fastest and easiest way to get out is with help. When you feel good people are naturally attracted to you. They are interested in what’s happening in your world, but when you feel bad people abhor you.
Who wants to be around a sour pus?
How to Laugh When You are Unhappy
Laughing when you are unhappy may seem hard, but it’s not that hard, especially if you want to feel better. Really sick people will do most anything to get better, but you don’t want to wait too long and allow your worries to make you really sick. I’m sure you don’t want high blood pressure or diabetes. Some clients have told me that their worries have manifested bad diseases in their bodies like cancer, heart and respiratory problems. If you want to avoid even more problems associated with worry then be happy. Once you are happy you’ll start to feel and look better.
Which face do you prefer?
I prefer a happy face over a sad one any day of the week, especially if I have to wear it.
What If You Can’t Find Anything to Be Happy About?
If you can’t find anything funny about your sad state, then find something funny about someone or something else. Life is full of funny moments. Find some and laugh. Here are a few examples probably right outside of your window;
What about that dog that likes to run after passing cars on your street? Does he really think he’ll catch one?
Look at those squirrels that chase after each other. Why do they do that? Remember when you played chase just for the heck of it. Was it fun? Ah, was it ever fun!
Do you hear those clicks and cracks throughout your house? Do they scare or frighten you? Did you ever hide behind a door and yelled, “Boo” at someone just to make them laugh or even yourself? I did.
If none of those work, then find your own. Think a happy thought and you’ll destroy the sad one. Good thoughts conquer bad thoughts. Once you start thinking well of yourself and of life, you’ll start to feel better. And when you feel better, you’ll do better. You’ll seek help. You’ll become more engaged. You’ll feel better about your relationships. Your life will change for the better. Now get out there and laugh a lot.