Do You Let the Tough Stuff of Life Drain You Dry?

Tired, drained, sapped, oh my! Oh yeah, life can be tough. Well then, we have a solution for you. Laughter is the jolt you need! Forget Redbull or your favorite energy drink. This fix is even cheaper than coffee or therapy. Have a belly laugh with a friend.

We are still recovering from the tightness in our abdomens after 30 minutes of non stop laughter last week. There we were, sitting on the front row of a middle school montage performance. You know, kids trying to dance, act, sing – but what it really was, was comic relief at its best! We felt like rolling on the floor laughing hysterically. We almost did. Walking away we discovered, “Wow, we needed that!” Stress and anxiety from the day melted away.

Laugh at Yourself

Kathy: There have been so many times we have found ourselves laughing over the craziest things. They weren’t really that funny, but maybe they were. Usually we get a kick over the nutty things we each do. Mostly Linda is laughing at my ridicules antics. That makes me laugh. It’s a good thing to be able to laugh at yourself over the eccentric things you do.

Every day in the type of work we do, we have the opportunity to care for people who are dealing with difficulties. As professional counselors, we walk along side people who are dealing with some type of loss. Such as death, sudden sickness, terminal illness, disappointment, and marriage struggles just to name a few. It can be quite taxing. So if we are not careful, all this tough stuff can drain us dry.

I’m sure you have tough days as well…It seems when it rains it pours. Has it been pouring on you lately? Buckets you say?

Because of this, many times at the end of the day we don’t even have energy left for our families and one another. Drained to the max. That’s not the best way to run our lives.

A Cheerful Heart is Good For You

Here’s what we purpose to do – not let the tough stuff of life drain us dry. How? “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” We want strength and we are sure you do too. So a cheerful heart it is. In the midst of rain let the sun shine in. Laugh a little or better yet, laugh a lot.

Ways to add laughter to your life:

  1. Be willing to laugh at your self and the silly things you do.
  2. Don’t take yourself too too seriously. Lighten up!
  3. Search You Tube for videos of people laughing. It’s contagious! Watch this one:  DxGri1IDBL8
  4. Find some good clean comedy on TV (or at your local middle school!).
  5. Read something that will crack you up! (comics, jokes, your own memoirs!)
  6. Watch reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Check this clip out: i479N2ei8Us
  7. Go to a fun movie.
  8. Spend time with a 2 year old. 😉
  9. Find something, anything to laugh about!

Coaching Tip:

When it seems like the tough stuff is draining you dry, get laughing. It can be the sun to your rain shower.


~ by thefriendshipdoctors on January 21, 2011.

One Response to “Do You Let the Tough Stuff of Life Drain You Dry?”

  1. At a girl!! Love it when you start laughing at something so simple and it grows. You can hardly contain yourself. Then when it gets calm you can’t even remember what it was but you sure feel good.

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