In my opinion, there’s also nothing better than a good belly laugh. I sometimes start laughing and just…. can’t stop. And the worst part is that my laugh is not one of those cute laughs. It’s a crazy mix between a cackle and a hyena’s call.
But laughter is almost always the solution. Obviously when it’s appropriate…
I used to be so worried about being embarrassed that I’d just avoid putting myself in any kind of situations where I thought I could make a fool of myself. This just made me miss out on a lot of things. Was not being laughed at worth all the missing out? Nope.
A little cliche, but it’s way more fun to laugh along or even be the one laughing. At the end of the day, it’s only a minor hiccup in the day. I tend to only remember the laughing part after and I don’t even focus– or remember– why I made myself laugh in the first place.
There are so many situations– almost too many to count– recently where I’ve just done something so dumb. Embarrassingly stupid. The other day, I was walking Teddy around the neighborhood and had to pick up his poop. I do this all the time with no problems, but this day for some reason I don’t even know what happened… I ended up with a hand just covered in poop. And not even close to my apartment…. Great. I just looked down at my hand and burst into laughter. I laughed the whole way home. Hysterically. It was disgusting and embarrassing, but gosh was it funny.
The one thing to be careful about, is that if you’re laughing you’re giving permission to others to laugh along as well. You just have to remember that so you don’t get your feelings hurt. You’re laughing and everyone else can laugh, too.
Sometimes I have to force myself to laugh. When I want to crawl into a hole and hide away forever, that’s when I know I need to laugh the most. I tend to replay the scene over and over again in my head (anyone else?) and while that can make it worse, I try to pretend like I’m watching someone else on Youtube. Then I find whatever happened funny, because I take myself and my own embarrassment out of the picture.
I do believe a good cry is sometimes just what the doctor ordered, but don’t write off a good laugh! Give it a try.
When you get embarrassed, do you embrace it and laugh as well?