Funny. The world used to be funnier. Not so many stressed out, unemployed, under utilized, financially fearing, politically uneasy people. Whether you agree with today’s comedians or not, you should watch. Give them a try. We need to laugh!

I like to laugh. Loud, bounteous, cackling, hoary, stomach wrenching, tear jerking, and the ultimate sometimes hard not to pee a little on yourself laughing.

I have personally found it liberating. In my younger years I had a “bad temper”. At the time I thought it was healthier to “let it out” than “bottle up” your feelings. Obviously, neither are great solutions.

Then one day during therapy we were laughing about something and it dawned on me! My stress level was lower… When I laughed, I had to let go of whatever I was currently obsessing over and let it go or find humor in it. What a wonderful realization for me!

Not saying that you can go around laughing at everyone and everything. Aloud. But what you can do is try to see the situation in a different light. Step out of the “picture” as much as you can for a few minutes and look to see what’s going on. I bet that there is something absurdly ridiculous that will make you laugh. Something and/or (and I hate to say it “someone”) you can make light of in order to bring you out of that difficult situation.

Examples starting lightly and moving on… I recently found out that not everyone appreciates and/or laughs at a good fart. Some veer from using the word. We make fun of basically everything at our house. Coping skills. You may even cringe when I type the word fart. However, Benjamin Franklin wrote a book “Fart Proudly” (also called “A Letter To A Royal Academy”, and “To the Royal Academy of Farting”) is the popular name of a “notorious essay” about flatulence written by Benjamin Franklin circa 1781 while he was living abroad as United States Ambassador to France. Also, an autobiography by Joseph Pujol was known as Le Petomane. He introduced petomanie which drew audiences in their thousands to the Moulin Rouge, the premier variety theatre in Paris. He was famous for his remarkable control of the abdominal muscles, which enabled him to seemingly fart at will. His stage name combines the French verb péter, “to fart” with the -mane, “-maniac” suffix, which translates to “fartomaniac”. The profession is also referred to as “flatulist”, “farteur”, or “fartiste”.

Thus, to investigate the inane things of life can cause much laughter when least unexpected.

Say your issue is much more severe. How can you laugh at issues that cause you pain and suffering? What is your choice? Do you want to live with that weight on your back forever? Or do you want to move on? Humor is one of the easiest ways to give you baby steps to a place that is out, moving away, removing yourself, getting the $hit out of Dodge way of releasing some of that stress and pain.

Oldie but goodie… Turn that frown upside down. Turn your Negative Nelly/Ned into a Happy Hannah/Harry. A dear, dear friend of mine used to go out to lunch and look for funny things to happen. They just did, whenever we were together!

Give laughter a try. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Die laughing… lol


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