More Laughter and Tears with Mindfulness

Enjoy More Laughter

As a result of being more mindful and less caught up in your thoughts and more in the present means that you get to enjoy the present a lot more when it’s good. Mindfulness helps improve your general well-being too by making you more likely to be happier with whatever life throws at you, along with being able fully appreciate all the good feelings when they come.

To be able to laugh at something you need to be present in the current moment to appreciate how funny it is, this is where being mindful comes in. If you are away in your thoughts or start analysing whatever it is that’s makes you laugh it is not funny anymore.

Studies have shown that laughing increases endorphins in the brain and they can help reduce physical pain too. After all, they do say laughter is the best medicine. So prescribe yourself a laughter break when you are starting to notice some negative thoughts or feelings if you can, it will help. You can also try holding a smile for up to two minutes. This has also been shown to improve how you feel and most people will feel the benefit in less than two minutes.

Enjoy More Tears

It might sound a bit odd to say that you will enjoy more tears but having more tears will bring you more enjoyment overall. Many of us have problems when it comes to letting ourselves have a good cry, mainly due to the way we are brought up and made to feel that crying is a sign of weakness. Obviously tears are usually brought on by feeling sadness and for many of us, feeling sadness is also linked to feeling like a failure in someway. Many of us don’t cry enough, repressing sad feelings and ending up carrying them around with us and allowing them to affect our daily lives and experiences in ways they really shouldn’t.

In many cases we may cry a little and stop ourselves due to embarrassment and fears of being perceived as weak, a failure or just over emotional. This stops us fully experiencing the feeling in full and completely. By being mindful of your emotions and feelings you will learn that to cry is one of the best ways to release the feelings of sadness from you. You will also be able to understand that when you do have a good cry, you’ll know that you’ve helped to completely experience the sadness in full without any remaining after effects. Once the sadness has fully passed you can use you mindfulness to experience emotions and feelings that are happier instead of always carrying around deeper feelings of sadness. Effectively, more tears now equates to more time for joy later.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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