The Story I’m Telling Myself

There is a magic sentence resilient people have in common: “It’s the story I’m telling myself.” 

When something challenging happens to us, our brain, which is wired to protect us above all else, wants a story.

It understands story and narrative pattern and it says, “Give me a story so I can understand how to protect you.” And so….we make up these stories in our minds.

How can we be loved if we can’t let ourselves be seen (vulnerability).

We want it so bad, but we are so afraid to let ourselves be seen, and we’re so afraid to see people.

Vulnerability brings love, belonging, and joy.

The opposite of belonging is fitting in (acclimating). True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are.

Joy is the most vulnerable of all human emotions. We are so afraid that if we feel joy, something will come along and rip it away from us, and we will get sucker punched by pain, trauma, and loss. So in the midst of great things, we dress rehearse great tragedy.

Some people use vulnerability as a warning to start dress-rehearsing for bad things. Some of us use it as a reminder to be grateful.

Gratitude is the differentiator for joy. Which one will you choose?

Adapted from Brene Brown.
Graphic: raminnazer

Laughter

Laughter is a natural adrenaline rush. It increases our energy and generally lifts the spirits of all involved.

We often hear that laughter is the best medicine, but can it be prescribed to anyone?

Although most drugs affect people differently, laughter remains the same. It provides many benefits, from strengthening our immune systems to bringing joy into our lives.

Having a sense of humor will turn a lot of dull moments into memorable ones. That’s one of the reasons we are attracted to funny people.

Humor goes beyond telling jokes. It’s how we view the world.

Situations don’t generate our stress. The meaning we place on them causes stress.

Have you ever wondered how some people can laugh in the face of danger and adversity?

Laughter fuels personal empowerment and provides a sense of control.

Laughter and humor are a release, an expression, a new perspective, and a reminder that life isn’t that bad.

To quote Mark Twain, “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”