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  • Writer's pictureTony Richards

Why Not Laugh Now?

10 Years from now, you’ll probably laugh at whatever is stressing you out today. So why not laugh now?

It is one of the strongest benefits of change. In most cases, as things change and time puts a gap between ourselves and situations, they become less relevant to our everyday thoughts and feelings. I can remember things in the 1980’s which were, at the time, very significant to me and at times, very emotional. Today, I can look back at some of the instances and they don’t affect me at all. But listen, you have options. You can spend days, weeks, months, or even years sitting alone in the darkness, over-analyzing a situation from the past, trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could have or should have happened. Or you can just leave the pieces on the floor behind you and walk outside into the sunlight to get some fresh air.

Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left. There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of your control. The only thing you can truly control is yourself. Practice really seeing whatever it is you’re looking at. You are today where your thoughts and perceptions have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts and perceptions take you. If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind. The world around you changes when you change.

Happy people laugh. Find the lighter side of the situation. Look for humor in it or find some humor in another way, but seek ways to lighten your load with laughter.

I am glad things do not always stay the same, how about you?

Game Changer Action Steps:

1. What is stressing you out today? Will it really matter that much a year from now?

2. Once it’s been identified, what can you truly do about it? If there is something, take the first step. If there is nothing, allow the natural, healing power of time to put distance between you and it.

3. Journal your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it helps to get things on the inside to the outside. They just need to be expressed in a safe, healthy manner.

4. Alter your focus. Whatever gets your focus, gets you. Find something else to occupy your time, attention and energy.

5. Find some humor. Find something on YOUTube or online to make yourself laugh. Or even better, laugh at yourself. 🙂

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