January 4 – Humor

Laughter is the best medicine, or so the old adage goes. Really is there anything more healing to your soul than a good long fit of deep belly laughter? The kind that shakes your entire body and brings tears to your eyes. One should never take themselves too seriously. It’s important to be able to see the humor in a situation, any situation, and to remember to enjoy life.

time lapse photography of waterfalls during sunset

On the topic of humor, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:

Humor is so healing . . . and it’s fun too. We find that humor is one of the first human gifts to disappear when addictive diseases set in.

We lose the ability to laugh at ourselves and with others. We feel insulted if someone pokes fun at us, and we personalize everything, seeing it as a put down.

Good humor is very inexpensive. It is one of the pleasures in life that is relatively free. I’m sure, if we try hard enough, we can remember a part of us that used to laugh and be playful.

I tend to take things personally, to take myself too seriously. Alas, it is part of perfectionism, isn’t it? I have never seen it that way until now, but it only makes sense. Still I have always made a habit of trying to see the humor in my situation, to remember to laugh at myself and have fun. Friends have gone a long way in helping me with this. I like to think I am pretty good at laughing at myself now, and I have never struggled to laugh with others. It feels so much better to let loose and have some fun rather than always having a stick up my butt and trying to be perceived as little miss perfect.

Part of this effort I’ve made lately has been learning to play more. So many of my hobbies are quiet, introspective pursuits that more closely resemble work despite my thorough enjoyment of them. I’ve been learning how to play again, and I find it brings a great deal of peace and relaxation. As a child, I enjoyed board games with my family and video games on my own. I am rekindling my love for these activities with my husband, and it has brought an immense amount of joy to my life.

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