The Benefits of Laughing at Yourself

We all know that humor is a good thing. There is nothing better than a clever joke, a witty one liner, some slapstick comedy, or a moment in time sealed with a giggle, chuckle, or side-splitting-laughter. It is easy to laugh at others, which is why romantic comedies, stand-up comedians, and improv shows are where people run when times get hard. What can be hard in life is seeing your own comedic moments and laughing through embarrassment or self-consciousness.

The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.

Mark Twain

Laughter is one of life’s greatest gifts. It makes our complex and often confusing existence decidedly more tolerable. There’s nothing more satisfying than laughing until your stomach hurts, and there’s an inexplicable power in sharing laughter with others — even complete strangers.

Being able to laugh at yourself is a sign of resiliency and mental toughness. It’s one thing to find humor in particular situations, it’s another to be reflective and self-aware enough to laugh at oneself.

We all make mistakes in life, doing and saying things we wish we could take back. Many of us likely have certain personality traits we’d like to overcome.

But nobody is perfect. There’s no point in beating yourself up for being human. A big part of what makes life so beautiful and interesting is the fact we are all deeply flawed in our own ways.

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

Kurt Vonnegut

We shouldn’t take life or ourselves too seriously. We should laugh at the absurdity of it all and revel in both our positive and negative characteristics — they’re what make us unique.

Life is a series of ups and downs. We can’t allow negativity to take over; we have to fight against it, and laughter is one of our most powerful tools in this endeavor.

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