A laugh is a smile that bursts. Mary Waldrip
The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused. Shirley MacLaine
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. Yiddish Proverb
We are told that humor and laughter are good for our soul. It is good to have a healthy sense of humor and to be able to experience laughter. It is also extremely good and healthy to be able to truly laugh at ourselves.
The world is full of frowns, grimaces, being down, depression and crying and weeping. It easy to do these things because it is easier to participate in the ongoing group “pity party” that is all around us. We find it easy to feel sorry for ourselves and our plights. Too many of us seem to actually prefer misery to joy, and unhappiness to happiness. It takes little or no self-discipline to give into the rationalization process that justifies being negative, pessimistic, angry, and being a victim to the unfairness that is all around. “Misery loves company”.
There is an alternative to living live in the doldrums. It requires “looking up instead of down” and it requires looking at the bright side instead of the dark side. There are some techniques available to us to aid in this pursuit. Laughter is one of the things we can do to help flush away these poisons and replace them with good feelings.
Laughter is said to cause a chemical/ biological reaction in the brain that causes us to feel good. Depending upon our personality; some can burst into laughter and even roll in the floor laughing. Others laugh out loud and some laugh quietly inside. It is far easier to laugh at others than it is to laugh at our self. Those that are able to look at their own follies and find humor are really to be admired. There is a sense of freedom and escape in being able to laugh and especially when we can laugh at our own mishaps.
When we mess up or foul up, instead of fuming, cursing, and losing self control; we should try a lighter approach. We should laugh at “us”. This is therapeutic self-acceptance and forgiveness. By laughing at the self, we come closer to a wise and nurturing approach to self-growth. When we lose control and curse, throw things and lash out, we go backwards. It is good to find moments for laughter through being funny, telling jokes, and humorous antidotes. When we are down and sad, we should focus on something that is light and humorous.
Challenge: Can you laugh? Can you laugh at yourself? Try this; go to a mirror. Start talking to yourself out loud. Act silly. Make light of your foul ups and mess ups and the things you are too sensitive about. Even if you have to fake it, make yourself laugh. This is good for you. It loosens you up. It gives you more room within yourself. It is self-forgiving. It helps your self-esteem. Try loving and accepting yourself. It is good for you.
Wisdom: You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God. Job 22:26
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11
Christians should be so joyful that their happiness actually overflows for the entire world to see. How come this is not the case for most of us? It is because we do not understand the greatness of God’s love and goodness. We fail to comprehend his love and what it means for us. If we totally understood, we would be so happy and joyful we would have to be chained down to keep from floating away. Rejoice and let his love and goodness flow in us.
Prayer: Help me to be a better witness and example in my life. May your love shine through me.