I was thinking the other day about how much I joke around. I joke about the good things in life, I joke about the bad things as well. The jokes I make about serious situations are at my expense. Hey! If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?
All this being said, I wonder if my sense of humor prevents some people from taking me seriously when I do open up? Does my way of handling life and all its ups and downs cause others to pooh-pooh my words and my feelings when I am opening up?
I like to joke around but I enjoy deep conversations as well. Laughter can elevate you and change your mood. I joked about my surgeries right up until I was taken into the operating room. I joke about my accident. I joke about my physical pain. I joke about a lot of things that have or still cause me pain. It’s how I deal. It is now habit, to find humor in everything. It’s a great way to be. There certainly is nothing wrong with laughing many times throughout the day. (Meme Queen)
Laughing in times of stress, takes your mind off of the big picture. There are times in life that focusing on the big picture is just too overwhelming. Sometimes you have to just focus on a moment. Get through a difficult situation the best that you can. If that means laughing through it, then do so!
Laughter is truly therapeutic. Laughter decreases stress hormones, it triggers the release of endorphins and can temporarily relieve pain. To me it only makes sense that I joke around a lot. It’s a necessity! If you make laughing a habit, it will become a great way to change your attitude and the way you look at things.
Would it surprise you to know that many comedians suffered or do suffer from depression? Now am I saying I suffer depression all the time? No, I don’t. I’m pretty happy most of the time actually. However, it hits me in the Winter. Every Winter. I can prevent it when it warms up by hitting the great outdoors. Plus my pain level is more under control in warmer months. With physical pain comes depression. It’s just a fact. But I have found methods to ward off depression and laughter is at the top of that list!
If you know someone that jokes a lot, it’s more than likely that it is a coping mechanism. A habit formed to cope with some painful event or events. Remember, everyone has many sides to them. I certainly do.
In closing, I leave you with a Laura original:
Sometimes you gotta act crazy to keep from going crazy.