When you were saying your “I do’s,” you probably figured those vows would last longer than a year or two, but not all marriages are meant to last. Getting a divorce isn’t easy, but it’s also not the end of the world. Many individuals go on to lead much happier and healthier lives following the dissolution of their marriage. But when you’re in the thick of the process, the future can seem bleak.
Although it’s perfectly normal to grieve, tried to be mindful not to dwell too much on the sorrow. Focusing on all of the negatives can cause you to forget about the beauty that’s around you. Here’s why maintaining your sense of humor is so important, particularly during a divorce.
It’s good for your health. Dozens of clinical studies and scientific experiments have confirmed the healing power of laughter. Laughing releases endorphins, or “feel good” chemicals, throughout your body; burns calories; and boosts your immune system. It also lowers stress levels and improves your overall mood. Whether you watch a comedy special on Netflix or reminisce with a friend, laughter truly is wonderful medicine.
It can help you process grief. It might seem counterintuitive to have a sense of humor about a difficult situation like divorce, but research suggests laughter makes tough times better. In fact, jokes, laughter, and positive thinking empower hospice patients and their caretakers to accept and embrace this fleeting life. In turn, it can make your burden seem less difficult to bear.
It can provide a distraction. Following a divorce, it’s normal to have ruminating thoughts about what you could have done differently. Distract yourself with a funny movie or podcast. Go to a stand-up comedy show or start searching Twitter for funny one-liners. Breaking the cycle of what-ifs can help relieve your stress and make you feel better.
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