Week 37: Find the funny side

There are things I look back on now, which I probably wouldn’t have found funny a year or so ago but you don’t get confident by dwelling on the things that haven’t panned out well. You get confident by being happy and one of the best ways to feel happy is to laugh.

You know that feeling when you laugh so much that your tummy hurts? That’s probably one of the best remedies around to lift your spirits. Optimism and self-esteem go hand-in-hand for this one. They help each other.

Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and you’re onto a winner.

Not only that but learn from them, teach yourself to look on the bright side and see the funny side. So what someone just embarrassed you in front of your colleagues? At least you can laugh about it, share a joke once that person has left the room.

Maybe even think of a witty comeback for when you next see them!

This week I focussed solely on being positive, looking for opportunities to make people and revelling in moments of laughter. Taking every bit of happiness that comes my way and capitalising on it, adding it to a bank of happy moments which can be revisited in those moments of self-doubt or low self-esteem (although they are far and few between).

Happiness is infectious. You meet a happy, smiley person and you want to smile too. You hear a friend laugh and you feel your mood lifts.

It’s wonderful to have the aim of living every day with no negativity, however it’s an aim which isn’t necessarily very achievable in our lives, what with the strains and pressures of life. Or rather, what we perceive to be the stresses of life.

Happiness is just as much a state of mind as a feeling. It’s all about getting ourselves to the point where we can drain out the bad bits and hold on to the best bits because they’re the things you remember afterall.

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