One reason we don’t laugh in difficult situations is because humor has been hijacked by our culture. We’ve been led to believe that funniness is a certain shape, mood, mindset, or skill. If our mood, circumstances, weather, relationships, clothing, weight, height, education or pets don’t fit the image of “funny”, we can’t be happy.
The good news is that we CAn laugh in ANy circumstance.
All it takes is:
1. Agreement. With yourself. That you will use your laughter muscles no matter what.
2. Adjustment. To the uncomfortable. Not avoidance, not waiting around till things get brighter. Adjust to what’s NOW.
3. Appreciation. For all the input that arrives. Everything can be funny. We just have to welcome it.
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What’s So Funny About Traffic?
by Dr. Trina Hess www.humoracademy.com
Today I realized three things that traffic can do to make us laugh. Traffic, you see, offers us …
1. An instant chance to see things in a different way.
This new sight lets us lighten up and laugh.
“Nice turn signal, buddy!” That phrase is usually said sarcastically and in the absence of a turn signal. Today as a car was approaching, with turn signal on, I realized something profound and quite relaxing: It’s MUCH better, someone who uses no turn signal when turning, than someone who uses a turn signal and doesn’t mean it.
The latter is much more dangerous. You could pull out of your road and into the car’s path. You thought he was turning. He didn’t.
2. An instant opportunity to let go and laugh.
A slow-moving Buick pulled onto the road I was on. As I followed the loping car, getting angrier and madder that it was making me late, I noticed something.
There was a turkey in the back seat. Usually the turkey is driving, but this case was different: A child was wearing a Thanksgiving home-made turkey with hand-feathers. In August. Completely random; obviously as oblivious as the car’s driver to the outside world; and–absolutely funny! I smiled the whole way to my destination.
3. An instant reminder of connecting with our fellow drivers.
A four-way stop can be a tense situation. No one knows when to go. But like any situation that at first looks stressful, the four-way stop holds potential.
It gives us a free opportunity to be a good neighbor, and to do it nearly anonymously. You can wave someone on, someone who “legally” should let you go first. No explanations, no rationale, no embarrassment for being such a nice person.
Traffic is important because it offers us instant instances for laughter.
Our goal? To shorten the twist in perspective and get to the laugh.
Our solution? Get in the car and get on the road to lightness…
What made YOU smile today? How funny is THAT?
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