Life is full of stress. We tend to take our selves too seriously and most often dwell on solving what is meaningless instead of laughing at such little mistakes and moving on , we become irritated and scared, thus changing the way we view the world around us. When we focus on the seriousness of such occasions, we become clumsy and less effective and efficient at discharging our duties and achieving our goals,making small situations to be enlarged before our very eyes.
Most of often, many people focus on the other people in our lives and relationships to give them approvals for them to accept themselves.This means that they become emotional dependence rather than independence which is a higher value. When you allow the fear of what people will say to knock you down, you loose your self confidence often times. While hurting your self with such fear , you also hurt other people feelings without realizing it . These behavioral changes alienate people from us and the funny thing is that at those moments, we feel trapped, we act out of bravado rather than understanding. We become defensive as if we are guarding a city to avoid being taken over by some savage.
Without knowing it we are allowing the stress not only to damage the relationships we encounter at those moments. Taking our selves less seriously will make our colleagues , associates spouses, friend trust us and have the feelings that they are dealing with humans and can literally make them want to help also gravitate them to us when they have similar challenges, knowing that since we don’t judge our selves very rashly, we can make them feel better in their own moments of little mistakes and help them move on to focus on what is important. It also accelerate learning as we did not give opportunity to our negative emotions to open their flood gate of doom in such situations.
In my formative years, we were having a program on entrepreneurship in our school that involved teaching kids the important of learning some crafts such as barbing,carpentry, weaving etc and i volunteered my hair for the experiment to one one the learning barbers. The learner was a learner any way, he barbed the hair so badly that when i got home i was physically covering my hair to avoid my siblings and parents knowing that it was badly shaven, but not for long as they found out and it earned me a completely shaved head by my eldest brother that the sun can reflect on your face from my scalp.
I became afraid the night before school for the next day as i found it increasingly embarrassed to be made a laughing stock. I would have feigned sick but the next day was for mid term test so there is no escape.The next day felt like a day to visit the dentist. I was afraid of the boys and the little girls in my class who will giggle and even give me names.No amount of self assurance saved me that night
The next morning. i followed a different route to school to avoid seeing the kids i know in my neighborhood from laughing at me . Since our school was a stone throw from my house, we usually walk to school together in the morning with our peers.
Do you know what? as i came closer to the school gate i began to meet the kids i feared most and they did not spare me but made joke of my artificial bald head. Sensing that there is no way to escape, i joined them and started singing along with them the song they were singing to mock me.This unnerved them that one can actually make fun of him self and they sensed that it was useless continuing,therefore accepting the situation as it was.We even turned what would have been a nightmare mockery to fun as i joked about how i tried to escape every body at home. That attitude quickly made me to be non defensive and i had control of the situation and everything became fun. Before we knew it, the bell rang and the fun came to an end as everybody cut the whole show short and went to the morning assembly and afterwards face the class . Few hours later, it was break time and since the whole class has gotten used to the hair cut, i became free; it only caught the stirs of few of the girls and i gave them thump up while the social science teacher was in the class.
What have you done in the past that you thought will be the end of your live but turn out to be a joke? As adults we should learn from the children and let things drop quickly and not over thinking and worrying about them.Of the truth,there were clearly times in life and certain circumstances that are genuinely serious. However, far too often, we add unnecessary stress, pressure, and negativity to situations with our serious-attitude instead of learning to laugh at our selves .
Laughter is very good as anti depressant.It beautifully helps alter our views and alter our mood, relaxing our muscles, boosting our immune systems, releasing endorphins and decreasing stress hormones, and increasing blood flow to the heart.
We can never avoid dealing with the serious aspects of our lives—as we all know, but striving to bring laughter into our lives and relationships in a healthy way is one of the best things we can do to enjoy our selves and also live healthy.