Adulting requires awareness, conscious thought, effort and growth. And when I’m resisting these things, it feels really haaaard. Sometimes to shake myself out of the resistance, I’ll text one of my sisters who is Queen of the Memes. We trade funny or inspirational memes and joke about finding someone who is better at adulting than us to run our lives for a few days. I adore laughing with her and appreciate the comic relief.
I like to remind myself that laughing not only feels good, it provides actual health benefits too…without any of the fast reel, teeny tiny print, mile-long list of horrific side effects on TV prescription drug ads!! A 2014 study by researchers at California’s Loma Linda University (tough job studying laughter, but somebody’s gotta do it) found that participants who watched funny videos for 20 minutes had improvements in memory and a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol as compared to the control group which was asked to sit silently, not talking, reading, or using their cellphones. Hmmmmm, I wonder if my insurance would pay if I billed them for a 20 minute “meme – ing” session??
In addition to promoting health, managing emotion instead of eating is one of the key skills that allows my clients to reach their desired weight without struggle. I teach my clients to use the Power of A Better Question to harness their mind’s power to generate positive emotion. One question I’ve started asking myself when I’m up against a challenge is, “what’s funny about this?” By doing this, I create space around any default negative thinking I have. This allows my unconscious brain to run off like a faithful golden retriever chasing a stick, and return with any fun it can find, thankfully minus the slobber.
If I’m deep down honest with myself, I know that I adore the freedom that comes with the responsibility of adulting even as I resist it. And ironically, laughing at adulting actually helps me behave like an adult.
If you don’t already, next time when facing a challenge, try asking yourself, “What’s funny about this?” Then share with me what you find. I’d love to hear what makes you laugh. email@example.com