I still remember when I first heard that phrase; I thought it was ridiculous. I couldn't imagine why I would laugh about something that had made me so upset. Then one day, a group of friends started doing just that: comparing embarrassing or comically bad experiences and laughing about them. From then on, this secretly became one of my favorite activities. (Hearing people share their stories as comedy, and having a group commiserate and lend support and acceptance may have been what made me realize I wanted to be a 'professional helper' in the first place.)
I gradually started thinking about difficult experiences as stories in the making, as potentially humorous anecdotes to save for an occasion when enough time had passed and laughter could replace stress. Then one day, I made an even bigger mental leap: why wait? Why not laugh about these difficult experiences right after they happen? Or while they're happening? From then on, I've been much more adept at letting my sense of humor get me out of the experience of stress.
I still love hearing stories that 'someday' should bring laughter (and therefore regularly find myself perusing the site FMyLife.com for just that purpose), and it's almost second nature for me to find humor in the really challenging situations I encounter in life.
What makes you laugh? How do you maintain your sense of humor in the face of stressful situations? Share your stories in the comments section, or pass this blog on using the 'share' button and share a laugh with your friends.
Sense of Humor Resources:
- The Benefits of Laughter
- Cope With Stress By Maintaining a Sense of Humor
- How To Become More Emotionally Resilient
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