Laughter has long been a coping strategy to relieve us from the grim stressors of life... taking us out of our everyday worries and concerns and into a space of surrender and release.
“Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.”
A good laugh accesses our vulnerability. It taps us into our emotions around sensitive topics... shifting our perspective even just for a moment of relief. When we are processing times of stress or levels of grief, a sense of humor has the potential to lift us out of victimhood and bring us into empowerment.
Backstage offers how the strategies of comedy help during tragic times:
1. Shift your perspective- release attachment to everyday roles.
2. Fake it til you make it- even when feeling funky, humor reminds us of our purpose.
3. Embraces the darkness- befriends the undesired, hidden, shamed and other shadow parts of ourselves and our culture.
4. Gratitude for our experiences- recognizing the details and lessons life is giving us.
5. Being ready- for whatever happens! Preparing us for each moment as an opportunity for empowerment.
6. Calling it out for what it is- being real, authentic, genuine and honest about our experiences and perspectives!!
7. Process everything. Not to just vent in shame or fear...but to actually invite a solution to problems.
In light of todays stressors, my greatest wish is that we take time immersing in good ol' gut wrenching laughter... ease the burdens with some stand up comedy, late night talk shows, googled jokes, or the comic pages. Whatever tickles your funny bone. And please feel free to share with me- I'm always down for a good laugh!
Sophia Brody, MA of transpersonal muse offers support for expanding beyond identity through mindful imagination. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More at www.transpersonalmuse.com