Can a Laugh Generate Positivity?

What makes you laugh?

Do you know how much positivity a laugh can generate? Laughter is a gateway to positivity.

I know there are lots of times that laughing seems challenging at best. Spend enough time on social media and you will be inundated with plenty of things that are not funny. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do things that make us smile.

When you tune in to the doom and gloom, and that is where you place most of your focus, it should come as no surprise that you will most likely find more doom and gloom. Like attracts like, focus on negative and you will unwittingly attract more to you.

Instead, take a moment and step away. Rather than allow yourself to be drawn into the depressing, enraging, and otherwise surreal happenings out there, find calm. From the calm, find something to make yourself laugh.

Cat videos are everywhere online. There are lots of comedians who are funny, and tons of other resources to get you laughing. I just caught a special this weekend that, even after watching twice, was hilariously funny. Haven’t laughed that hard or that much, in years.

I know that, given world affairs, you might feel guilty for finding something to laugh at. But the truth is, staying negative will do nothing to change anything. Positive change requires positive energy. To change from negativity to positivity, we need to find more positive things to focus on.

Trying to undo what is won’t change it. Instead, we need to do something different, something new and move forward. Remember, whether Einstein or someone else said it, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Laugh to release the negativity

Yes, it is important to be aware of the awful things happening out there. However, holding on to the negative feelings that they will generate cannot change them. We need to find an alternative, and we need to put our energy behind empowering that. In order to do that, we have to release the negativity.

A great way to release negative energies is to laugh. Laughter is an energetic activity, moving air and muscles in the body, and in the process opening new channels. A laugh is an energetic reset, which can release unpleasant thoughts and feelings.

Another benefit of laughter is how it can clear a fog. When you are feeling overwhelmed, upset, or generally unhappy, or muddled because of the excess of feelings all at the same time, a laugh is a release. It is a total energy change and can carry you past the moment, bring you more completely into the now, and from there help you to refocus.

When your mind is jumbled by too much, laughter can make you mindful, and help you to regain influence and control over your thoughts and feelings. This provides an opportunity to change your negative energy, and to get into the now, where you can create any necessary changes.

Don’t let them overwhelm you with fear and anxiety. Allow yourself to laugh, because in doing so you re-energize. With that new energy, you can generate positivity, with which you can find new and better solutions to first improve your life, then work from there to improve the world.

Easier said than done? Maybe…but that makes it no less worthwhile.

What makes you laugh?

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Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action

Knowing that laughter changes your energy, you have a tool to replace negativity with positivity. When we laugh, we open ourselves up to being mindful and aware of our thoughts and feelings — and when we do that, we ultimately empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we become more aware and mindful, and tend to spread that feeling to others around us. As such, we can build more positive feelings.

We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we eradicate negative feelings, we open up space to let in more positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for.

Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. An attitude of gratitude is a positive attitude that begets even more good energies, and that is always worthwhile.

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Originally published at on May 13, 2019.

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I am a practitioner of mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to inspire, open minds, & entertain.

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