How to use humor to help you find your muse
“THROUGH HUMOR, YOU CAN SOFTEN SOME OF THE WORST BLOWS THAT LIFE DELIVERS. AND ONCE YOU FIND LAUGHTER, NO MATTER HOW PAINFUL YOUR SITUATION MIGHT BE, YOU CAN SURVIVE IT.”
Laughter is indeed good muse medicine. Having a good laugh can help relieve stress and free the mind of mental blocks allowing you to better see your muse. Humor can also help take a step back and to see what you are doing from a different perspective, which can lead creative solutions to the problems you are having with your creativity.
Laughter as good muse medicine
“Laughter is inner jogging.” Norman Cousins
Nothing can make a person feel good faster than having a good laugh.The book of Proverbs calls laughter “good medicine”, and today’s doctors could not agree more, linking the joy of laughter to both physical and mental health. When our funny bone gets tickled, the creative side of our brain kicks into overdrive. Once our giggle fit ends, our mind and body is flooded with endorphins, reducing our level of stress and pain. We feel better, think more clearly and, barring another giggle fit, have more creative productivity.
“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” -Bob Newhart
Instead of taking a sledge hammer to your latest creative endeavor gone wrong, take a step back and allow yourself to laugh at it. Approaching creativity from a humorous angle gives you a different perspective and allows you to effectively find the solution to the problem that your frustrated self could not solve. In other words: do not take shit too seriously, because taking shit too seriously allows for frustration to creep in and nothing saps the creativity faster than frustration. You will be like the professor pushing with all he got against the door that will not open. If only he would take a step back and laugh at his situation, then he will see the “pull to open” sign.
“Laugh, and the world laughs with you.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Next time you need to find your muse, try using humor as way to find it. Find some old Marx Brothers movies or find out what everyone is guffawing about on that You Tube thing. Crack a joke, or even conspire to pull a prank (where no one comes out physically or emotionally damaged). Do something that makes you and those you are working with have a good laugh and relieve some stress. Find yourself refreshed and ready to find your muse.