I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine. Supposedly research has shown that those of us with a good sense of humour and who are able to laugh at situations live up to 8 years longer!
When we can have a sense of humour about things it not only makes us feel better, but also equips us to better handle future situations and releases endorphins which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. One great side effect of laughter is that endorphins can temporarily relieve pain.
The ability to laugh at yourself will help you during your toughest challenges. Think back to an event that worried you or caused you anxiety, isn’t it better to look at that event with a sign of relief, laughing at how big a deal you made it when really it wasn’t all that bad.
Next time you’re feeling down or faced with a tough situation; find any small reason to laugh about it. Find something about it which you can exaggerate or take to the extremes “Could be worse! At least it’s not…”
In doing so you’ll alleviate your stress levels, increase the flow of endorphins and, if only temporality, give you a little distraction from your problems.