“Laugh to break a moment of frustration.”
We all have those moments: we’re frustrated, angry, furious, irritable, and want to Hulk smash everything around us. The trigger can be any number of things and we can continue to feed into our irritability, or we can take a step back and turn things around. Find something that makes you laugh hard, something that always cheers you up and indulge in it. Maybe its a Youtube clip, or a silly picture, or a really horrible pun. Whatever it is, when you’re frustrated or angry, take a moment to laugh.
Like most things, a pause in our regularly scheduled “programming” can be a good thing. It gives us a bird’s eye view on the situation, or a new perspective on the same thing. Anger and frustration are like a fire: if you keep feeding it, it will grow, and it can grow out of control. But like a fire deprived of oxygen, laughter offers us the pause we need to starve our anger. And if it doesn’t completely starve it off, it will at least diminish its potency enough to help us regain control.
Its such a simple thing to do and it can help so much in our personal and interpersonal lives. It’s easy to feed anger, and stay angry. And for that reason too, breaking the pattern is better done sooner rather than later.
The next time you’re feeling frustrated or angry, take a moment to laugh. In some time (hours, months, years), whatever it was that was bothering you will truly be laughable. Laughing now gives you a glimpse into that less bothersome future.