The Coping Kete

No. 36: Using Humour

This week to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

I will explore humour. This week I make a commitment to comedy and humour. Every day will contain at least one item of comedy or humour – I will watch funny movies, stand-up comedy on Youtube or live comedians on stage. I will read comic strips and cartoons. I will check out some theatre sports. I will read jokes with my friends. I might even try laughter yoga.  This week is about creating opportunities for positive emotion.

Most importantly, I will laugh at my own falls, foibles and fears – sometimes, it is all you can do.

In much the same way, spending a lot of time focused on things that make us frown and cry primes us to experience more negative emotions more readily and more often. Putting that light-hearted stuff into daily life is a crucial balancing point that we so often forget in the rush of living.

Once I am familiar with connecting with comedy, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete to distract from and soothe distressing emotions.

One Thought on “No. 36: Using Humour

  1. engageblog on March 22, 2011 at 22:53 said:

    Laughing and smiling releases happy neurotransmitters and so have real physiological effects that work to help make people more likely to experience positive emotions more readily and more often.

    In much the same way, spending a lot of time focused on things that make us frown and cry primes us to experience more negative emotions more readily and more often.

    Putting that light-hearted stuff into daily life is a crucial balancing point that we so often forget in the rush of living.

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