Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Psychology | Posted on 07-27-2016
Tags: 3 Principles, humor, Love, Transformation, Wellbeing
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Recently, I was taken aback when I learned that many people view lightheartedness as a weakness. Or something they shouldn’t show to the world.
“We’re grown ups, right? We’ve got to be serious!”
Yet I can’t imagine any quality more important to embrace than lightheartedness.
Why be serious when we can be silly?
Perhaps it’s a fear of appearing immature. Or unprofessional. Or maybe even a little dumb.
Yet nothing could be further from the truth.
People are attracted to the light-hearted among us. And why wouldn’t they be? Those who are able to not take life so seriously are fun to be around. They help others relax when things get too serious. They take the chill out of the air. They calm down stressful situations. And most of all, they help others laugh in the midst of chaos.
Haven’t you seen that with people in your own life?
Being lighthearted doesn’t mean we aren’t professional. It doesn’t even mean we aren’t serious. Nor does it mean we don’t get shit done.
It simply means we can be and do all of those things in the spirit of fun!
Why should life, work and family be anything but fun? It’s all just one big game anyway. We’re still gonna have our ups and downs. And there will be times when things feel like they suck big time.
But you know what?
The more lighthearted we are in general, the easier it is to get through those times.
In the grocery store.
In the middle of a fight with your spouse.
When your kid is a pain in the ass.
When seeing politics in your Facebook feed.
While heading off to sleep at night.
And see what happens when you do.
Cuz seriously…it’s just a freakin game (and there’s no way can you lose)!
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