I love comedy. I make a point to keep a steady flow of comedy in my life. I watch stand-up. I watch classic sitcoms. I watch SNL (even when it’s going through a rough patch). I occasionally watch some late night talk shows (I like some more than others). Why? Because I like laughing? Because it’s entertaining? Sure, but it’s deeper than that.
Comedy makes me happy. Not in the fleeting sense, but in a lasting profound sense. I’ve gone through periods of my life that were absolutely devoid of comedy. In those times, my perspective became skewed. I got too serious, too stressed, and depressed. Once I realized this, I consciously brought comedy back into my life, and began to feel like myself again. I think comedy makes me so happy because helps me look at the world in a way that brings me joy. When I am quick to see the humor in a situation, I feel amusement and glee rather than frustration and anger. In fact, the more inconvenient a situation, the funnier it can be. Comedy gives me a zen, a peace, a feeling that life is meant to be experienced rather than micro-managed.
Comedy makes me feel connected. There is something so universal about comedy. The best comedy is all about homing in on that thing that everyone knows. That thing we’ve all seen but never noticed. It’s about taking a step back and commenting on those fundamental experiences we all have, from the mundane to the significant. There’s something so wonderful about seeing a comedian hit on something you know from your life and then hear crowds of strangers laughing at it too. We all see it! What a feeling. Amongst all the minutiae of our individual lives, we find something so connective.
Comedy rubs off. Since I made a conscious effort to make comedy a part of my life, my sense of humor has improved. I've noticed myself being more observant, finding humorous situations, having better commentary and quicker quips. I've found everything around me so much more interesting and entertaining. Who wouldn't want to have the ability to find amusing insights all around you wherever you go? It just makes life better.
If you're feeling in a rut, watch something that makes you laugh every day for a week. Try it and see what happens.