Laughter myths busted!
MYTHS ABOUT LAUGHING AREN’T OBVIOUS BUT CAN AFFECT HOW WE THINK, FEEL AND BEHAVE WHEN IT
COMES TO LETTING GO...
We must be happy in order to laugh
This myth inhibits many people from laughing as they feel that it would be inauthentic or ‘false’ to laugh when they didn’t feel like it. If we wait for the perfect time to laugh, or wait for everything in life to be running smoothly, we may never laugh at all! Laughter can surprise us and offer relief in times of turmoil, sadness or even grief, if we allow it to.
We need something funny to happen before we can laugh
Comedy is great and can be the trigger for many a hearty chortle. Yet evidence shows that the majority of our laughter doesn’t come from jokes; it comes from day to day conversations and playfulness. If we wait for something funny to happen we may be waiting for a really long time.
Laughter is too good to leave to chance. Laughter is not a passive activity, it is a
‘total immersion, commitment to everyday happiness’ type of process. If we want to enjoy life to the full, we need to make our own happiness as we travel, rather than wait for the entertainment bus to show up.
We either have a natural propensity to laugh or not
It doesn’t matter if you’re a shy or introverted person, or if you haven’t laughed for a really long time – it’s not about who can laugh the longest, loudest or heartiest. It doesn’t matter if you feel you’ve lost your ability to laugh or you can’t remember the last time you laughed. The good news is, laughter is accessible to us all. It is a re-learnable skill that can be re-acquired, one chuckle at a time.