Why do you think photos featuring Grumpy Cat are such a phenomenon?
Because we all need ha-ha moments, not just a-ha moments, in life.
So stop being a Grumpy Cat yourself – and lighten up! Humor is such a powerful tool at our disposal. We can relieve stress, become more bonded with others, feel more optimistic, change our perspective – all by finding and/or sharing some laughs.
Not feeling so LOL lately? Here are three easy ways to start laughing – and snap out of feeling cranky:
1. Do a daily “funny” search. A great shortcut to silly is doing an image search for “funny,” “silly,” and other words or phrases that may spark laughs for you on a daily basis. Do Google Image searches with these and other search terms and keep trolling through Tumblr, Pinterest, and your own particular humor sites, too. (For some strange reason, I often find inspiration on a site called Despair.com.) You’ll find plenty of stuff to amuse you out there – even putting the title of this blog, “Get Rid of Grumpy Cat,” into a Google Image search can start the ball rolling. And I’m sure you have friends, as I do, who are already masters at this game, so look to their postings to find your laughs as well. Don’t forget to share and pass along funny photos as appropriate, too!
2. Create silly ceremonies. Family and friends helped me shape the balance…times to be serious and times to be funny. And it was really okay to laugh when you felt embarrassed. We keep this tradition going by posting old family photos on Facebook for “Throwback Thursdays,” when we mock our former hair and clothes choices. This kind of activity makes for great family bonding, and time for funny at work is important, too. Many management studies cite self-deprecating humor as a critical leadership trait, as well as an essential ingredient for effective teams. I was once literally charged with bringing more fun into my workplace – it was right there on my performance review. So I assembled a “humor resources” taskforce, and we did everything from playing volleyball while sitting on lawn chairs to bringing in our baby and prom photos and giving out funny awards. Thanks to time for some light-hearted fun at work, we became more human, improving our interactions with each other and also with our clients. So consider how you could lead the lighten-up brigade in your office – you could start off by even holding your own Throwback Thursdays with the colleagues that you’re most comfortable with. You’re sure to set off some laughs.
3. Just start laughing. If the above tactics aren’t enough to bring more laughter in your life, consider the “fake it to make it” approach. You may have read about how even if you at first force that smile, it tends to stick and become natural. A similar strategy works with laughing. Have you ever seen a session of laughter yoga? Instructors simply keep breathe out belly laughs and before long the chuckles – and release – are real. Try it solo to snap out of a funk – or how about launching a laugh riot while in a group? I’ve certainly started giggling in the movies due to hearing others’ infectious laughter, so consider performing that great service for others – and yourself – at an upcoming event.
Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coach and mediation certifications, and 20 years of Human Resources experience, she has successfully helped others define their dreams and create pathways to success. She is the creator and owner of 1 Smart Life, LLC a new style of personal coaching with a team of experts in all of life’s challenging areas.