When I first met my husbands family I was overwhelmed with the sense of humor everyone had. It seemed that there was more laughter and good times in that house than any other family I had ever met.
Needless to say, my husband is the funniest person I have ever met.
I have learned to see things in a lighter way over the years of being with him. It doesn't mean that he shrugs things off (at least not all the time), doesn't feel things as strongly as others or doesn't think about things deeply but he taught me to laugh about myself a lot more and to laugh at situations that you might think don't deserve a laugh.
Laughter can be so many things but most of all healing. If I am stressed out, grumpy, sad, anxious or whatever- and he makes me laugh, it truly is an instant vacation for my heart. For when I laugh, my muscles relax (or tense up in the right ways- have you ever had a jaw cramp/ stomach cramp from laughing too hard? true bliss), my brain stops thinking, endorphins kick in and for that moment I feel joyous.
A lot of the time laughter is underrated. It is much harder to make someone laugh than to make someone feel indifferent, angry, frustrated, irritated and so on. I find that people with a funny bone don't always get the props. The class clown for instance, what would we do without him? He brings everyone together for a sense of community and good times had in shitty math class. (The bully sure doesn't do that.)
Being in Germany was a bit of a hit in the laughing department. This culture does have some serious (lol) humor, they really do though! I do find however, that laughing at themselves comes a lot harder than in other cultures I've seen. We learn at a young age to be critical of ourselves and our fellow peeps, which isn't a bad thing necessarily but I do find that being critical should be joined with smiles and positive vibes as well!
Sometimes, it is needed to shrug it off because in the long run, does it really matter? ..... Does it?
Naaah. Watch a fun movie instead, it will make your heart feel lighter, I guarantee it (and if it is only for those 90 minutes, it's like a mini happy therapy session).
Speaking of therapy, I was on the psychiatric ward for the past 3 months and in hind sight, I didn't enjoy it. I thought it would be interesting and fun but I realised that nobody really smiled, at each other or at me. Not even the staff. It was a lot sadder than I thought it would be and I am quite glad to be out of that ward and in another ward (Neurology) where- even though they might have had a stroke, they at least still half smile ;)
So, smile, giggle or even laugh out loud a little more than you normally would... makes life better!
While you watch that funny movie make some of this AMAZING stove top popcorn (I finally figured out how to make it without it burning or half of the kernels not popping!!! whaaaat!!!)
You need a medium to large pot on medium heat, add a good amount (3-4TBSP) COCONUT OIL, or enough that there is a nice (about 1cm) layer of oil, let it melt, then add kernels (two layers will be ok I wouldn't add more tho) put the lid on and let it pop. It will be done when the popping sounds take a longer time in between, add sea salt or whatever your heart desires!