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Take a break from sadness

This was not part of my editorial calendar plan. I felt compelled to write a post related to the recent tragic events that happened in Beirut and Paris. It is always saddening to hear news about a terror attack where innocent civilians lost their lives. Generally, it Peaceaffects even you more when you have some special ties with the location or the people affected: a dear friend of mine who I consider like a sister drives every day to Beirut to teach in different universities and France is my native country. Fortunately, all people I know are fine. My thoughts and prayers goes to people directly affected.

As the sadness tsunami propagated all over the world, I was tempted to watch news videos after videos related to those attacks. Like a sudden addiction, I wanted to know more about the root causes, the circumstances, the reactions all around the world, the memorial ceremonies, testimonies of witnesses and so on. News was haunting my mind to the point of affecting my sleep and concentration since I came in the know about those attacks. What is the point of constantly fuelling my mind with saddening news? It was already too much, both my mind and my body were tense.

First, I decided to engage into a 20 mn HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Secondly, I listened online “Rires et Chansons” a French radio broadcasting skits francophone humorist and international popular songs. Plus, I watched some videos of one of my favorite French humorist named Laurent Ruquier or English one named John Oliver. I smiled, I laugh and I giggled. It certainly did not change the events but it helped me exit the sadness circle; I felt relaxed in my body and at peace in my mind. Then I was in a better state to pray for peace and send love to people affected by heinous attacks.

When something saddening affects you, along with activities you like doing, TAKE A LAUGHTER BREAK: recall a funny memory, watch your favorite comedy movie/show, talk to your laughter go to person, listen to your preferred humorist. Your body and mind will thank you for that.

I wanted to share the following video: John Oliver Paris Attacks

Photo creditOlga Lednichenko on Flickr

What could go funny?

When planning a trip, anticipating the next friend/family gathering, rehearsiMovieclapperng for an oral presentation, or thinking about the next team meeting, you sometimes tend to focus on the “what could go wrong?” “What is going to happen if I bring up this topic, aunt Audrey does not show up, I put on this white blouse, the plane is overbooked, my manager does not talk about this project…?” Those queries are the normal part of the “event” preparation and should not be ignored; however I also recommend imagining: WHAT COULD GO FUNNY? There are a two angles this can be approached by and turn on your imagination.

The people

The easy situation: you know for sure, there is a go to person for a joke. Uncle John always has a good joke in his pocket or best friend Anna comes up with a funny story. Re-invent Anna’s last funny story or just make up another in line of what she could tell. Imagine what could be the latest joke from Uncle John. Maybe there will be nobody you know: a business-networking event, a conference for example. You are your own movie director on making your  own funny character: what would be his/personality, how he/she would like, what he/she would wear, what he/she would do to be funny? This can be a joking attitude, a contagious laugh, body language, a hairstyle, and a slip of the tongue. One time, I was invited to a tuxedo/evening gown party. I imagined, that everyone came dressed in with pajamas and slippers. Alternatively, you can imagine that a funny celebrity would be part of the event. Now there is always the option of imagining how you could be this joke person.

The venue/The occasion

Those two are quite connected. I would not recommend using that for saddening events like a funeral or layoffs. A funny event can easily spring from your mind if you are scheduled to visit a zoo, go on vacations, to a birthday party or simply plan to walk in the street. It does not have to be necessarily elaborate: quite often, the simpler the funnier. Once, my mind played a short video in which a friend of mine opened a bottle of Champagne and everything it sprayed of the bottle before it got a chance to be poured in flutes or a choir of flight attendants singing “La vie en rose” during a transatlantic flight to France. The perspective of a very formal business meeting can bring a laughing smile on your face, particularly when the technology is not very cooperative. Taking public transportation every day to commute, I imagined a reason why my streetcar would be late; our driver is taking a power nap and the next streetcar is expected to be here at the stop in 15 mn, we apologize for the inconvenience caused.

It lifts up your spirit, puts you in very you positive state of mind and even gives you a different perspective on an event. Tell me now, how do you about this approach and what are you funny scenarios?

Photo Credit : Ilya Sedykh on Flickr