Are you laughing enough?

Fe reflects on the benefits of laughter, and why you shouldn't just wait for it to spontaneously come.

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We only laugh when we are happy, right? It’s one approach, for sure. We can see playfulness, laughter and fun as a product of state of mind, and enjoy it when it comes along.
However, it is far more useful to recognise playfulness as a useful and impactful state that can make a difference to well-being, and to cultivate it deliberately.
I have had many clients who tell me they use comedy as a pick me up. Others that recognise that playing with their kids, and letting themselves go and be silly takes them to a different place, in a good way. And others that recognise the benefit of a good belly-laugh with friends is that it takes them out of themselves and their seriousness in a way that gives perspective and balance.
Stephen Gilligan identifies playfulness as a magical, archetypal energy that we all need. Along with tenderness and fierceness, he invites us to consider when and where we could do with turning up our playfulness to allow our energy to connect and flow. It’s an invitation I have found profoundly important over the years, and even more so just now.
So, when all seems serious and you feel the heaviness on you, why not find a playful energy and let it be. Feed it, grow it, and connect with it. As you play, you may just notice that the meaning you make of things moves, and more is suddenly possible. We are all magicians when we let ourselves be.
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Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.