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Developing Your Sense of Humor: Take yourself less seriously

In caregiving, community on October 29, 2011 at 3:22 am

Life is too short to sweat everything all the time. When you “become the problem” and take yourself too seriously, it can be hard to think outside the box and find solutions. People love to be around others who enjoy life and are fun. That doesn’t mean you don’t take care of business or handle yourself in a respectful way.

Ways to help yourself see the lighter side of life:

* Laugh at yourself. Share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take ourselves less seriously is to talk about times when we took ourselves too seriously.

* Keep things in perspective. Many things are beyond our control, particularly the behavior of others. While you might think taking the weight of the world on your shoulders is admirable, in reality it’s unrealistic, unproductive, unhealthy and egotistical.

* Attempt to laugh at situations rather than sweat them. Look for humor in a bad situation, the irony and absurdity of life. This will help you deal with the situation and improve the mood of those around you.

* Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Keep a funny picture or poster in your office or on the frig. Choose a screen saver that makes you laugh.

* Deal with your stress. Stress is a major impediment to humor and laughter. It can also lead to health problems. Be prepared to go with the flow.

* Pay attention to children. They are experts on playing, taking life lightly and laughing. You too were a child once, remember it’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

* Forgive everyone everything. Don’t harbor bad feelings. The only one they hurt is you.

Enjoy all your moments, they will soon become part of your past!

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