“Laugh out loud follow your heart and enjoy the little things”
My thoughts before taknig Positive Psychology were: Here is another class that is going to go and on about what it is to be positive and in short blow smoke about positivity.
My Ah-Ha moment: realizing that it is OK to laugh at yourself and to know that not everything in life is going to go as you had planned. Life is forever changing and will throw you curve balls you just have to know when and how to swing the bat. Laughing at myself and figuring out my own ways to change the things that are bringing me down are the best lessons I’ve learned as of yet.
Release endorphins through laughter
Have you ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? I know that I have and I must say that more often than not I have thought these people have no idea what they are talking about. Well, I am happy to report that they were/are right and I was wrong. Being able to laugh at the things that life throws at you is the best medicine and will allow you to move forth knowing that in the end you hold the key to your own success and most importantly your happiness. I have to admit that I was not always able to look at the positive things in life and I was never the first to laugh at myself. It has taken me much work and I have taught myself that he who laughs at oneself laughs the loudest because they have taken control of the situation at hand.
Positive psychology has taught me that building positive habits will allow you to live a happier more positive life and being able to laugh allows us to release endorphins and produce more of the happy hormones. Being able to laugh allows us to release stress and also teaches us that it is OK to laugh when things make us happy and to laugh even louder when things do not go our way. Being able to laugh at ourselves shows us that we are stronger than what we think.
So one day…
I found myself smacked down on the floor with everything that I was carrying splattered all around me and my first initial reaction was to scream and yell and curse the world for having it in for me. I sat there thinking what in the world is happening to me. I took a good look around to make sure that no one was looking and to my surprise no one was around. I sat here on the floor and made a mental note of how I must look and out of no where my eyes began to fill and spill over and from the most inner part of my gut a huge and very loud laugh came out! I found it to overwhelm me and in seconds I was rolling. Here I was miss pin and proper and now I am flat on my butt! My purse laid to one side with most of its contents spilled out, my phone on the other, and the folders with my neatly placed papers were all over the place. Now I knew I needed to get up and get my things together but I could not stop laughing.
Immersed in savoring laughter
Every time I attempted to get up another roar of laughter poured out. I was down for maybe three minutes but it felt like an eternity to me. I was finally able to get to my knees and scoop my purse and its contents back up, I picked up my phone to notice that my eye makeup was a little smeared from laughter crying, and then right when I was going to get up an older lady approached me and asked if I was OK. I said Yes I am having a great day! She then told me I’ve been watching you and you seemed to be having a good ‘ole time out here…it is good to be young and to be able to laugh at the little things that life throws your way. It made me think she is right what good would it have done me to be all made and upset, I would have just gotten angrier and ruined my day. By laughing I turned my not so good situation into a really funny one and got up in a much better mood than I’d gone down with. Laughter truly is the best medicine :0)
About the Author: Julie Garcia is a student at Chaminade working towards her bachelor degree in Psychology. She is happily married and has an amazing daughter who she will teach to laugh and enjoy life to its fullest.