Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Writers Society: Laugh

Laugh or cry. I've heard it my whole life, and it's something I know to be true. Personally, I prefer to find the humor in things, rather than cry over them. Crying makes my eyes swell, and my skin gets all splochy. It's not pleasant.

When I'm struggling with life or writing, I always seek out the funny in the situation. I try to laugh at myself. I want to laugh and find the bright side. I love funny books, movies, games, conversations, etc. I think that's why I personally shy away from extremely tense or sad books, because when I'm looking to get away, that most likely includes looking to laugh.

There's something magical about laughing. It's a release. I always feel better after a good laugh. I swear it heals my heart.

So laugh. There's always something to laugh over.

12 comments:

  1. I agree. I tend to avoid really serious books just for that reason. The world is so depressing. I like to laugh more than anything, which is probably why I don't write sad or "issue" books either. I like to get lost in a fun story. I don't mind serious books, but I tend to go for lighter reads. :)

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  2. I always grew up being told crying was a sign of weakness =/ (But being a writer and very in touch with my emotions I tear up a lot!)

    I do believe laughter is often the best medicine!

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  3. I'm with Brea, being more of the "there's no crying in baseball" personality, especially growing up. And while sometimes we definitely need a good cry, we can't take life too seriously all the time. Hope you enjoy some infectious, contagious laughter today!

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  4. So a writer, an agent, and an editor walk into a bar...

    No but seriously folks...

    Have a great weekend everybody :).

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  5. If anyone's looking specifically for something to laugh at, I just CRACKED UP over some of Feb's "best" iPhone slip-ups:

    http://damnyouautocorrect.com/6101/15-most-popular-autocorrects-from-february-2011/

    Faves were adoption, soup, and smurfs. HEE! (Warning: Content, not for children!)

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  6. So true. Thanks for the reminder! =)

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  7. So true! You know what else helps? Singing at the top of your lungs to a really fun song. I have some go-to songs that I belt out on days (like yesterday) when I'm feeling particularly stressed. Laugh (or sing) it out!

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  8. I'm with Chantelle on this one. I cried myself sick over The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Rather obviously did not find that an enjoyable book. If that makes me shallow, whatev. I'd much rather laugh.

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  9. I laugh at nothing. People seem to think I'm insane.

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  10. I love laughing and humour in general, of course. But I also think there's something really cathartic and profound about having a good cry. Sad, touching things tend to have more of an impact on me. But I LOVE it when books combine hilarity with stuff that makes you cry. Paper Towns by John Green was like that.

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  11. I just love coming here.

    The honesty is refreshing, in this business where truth is kind of a hard thing to find.

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  12. I agree, a deep, uncontrolled laugh can be so healing. Sometimes though, I laugh so hard I cry, or I start laughing when really I'm overwrought emotionally and then I start crying for real. So, it's often mixed for me!

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