Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” ~ Bob Newhart
Don’t be overly serious all the time! So go ahead… laugh! You know you want to – sometimes. Especially when you do something funny – in a serious moment. It may not be funny at the time, but you have to look back and find the humor in it. Really, life would go so much better, so much smoother, and be so much more fun if you can laugh at yourself – be more carefree – and not take yourself too seriously. You just have to remember at all times, that failure is not final, unless you give up altogether.
Do you have anything to laugh about? Think of your most embarrassing moment. What was your reaction… the moment after it happened? Utter shock and humiliation, right? And every once in a while, when you think about it, you might be tempted to feel bad about it all over again. But, there’s no need for that… there’s nothing bad about you. So sometimes, you have to choose to laugh about it. It will make it sting less, and it will allow you to move on.
Tiny failures can seem like the end of the world if taken too seriously! I’ve found that the best way for me to overcome my mistakes and keep my spirits high is to look at them as something that I can later laugh at. (Needless to say, I’ve had a lot to laugh about over the years. But, as for you… you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself when things don’t happen as you feel they should… just keep trying, and eventually it will turn out right.
I’m not saying, though, that you should blurt out a laugh – out of nowhere – in front of a crowd of people, for no known reason. No! That might cause you some additional unwanted personal problems. But, as you live – and go through life, give yourself permission to make mistakes now and then. And when you do, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not perfect – you’re striving for perfection. Instead, have a good laugh. Don’t be too serious… and Don’t Stop Laughing!