Why So Serious? The Key to Life May Just Be to Lighten Up — Here Are 5 Ways to Do So


The more serious we are, the closer we get to that frightening word. What we mean by that is that life seems to get busier and busier as we get more and more serious. Which doesn’t make much sense, does it?

And don’t you miss the way your cheeks used to hurt from a day of frequent, involuntary smiling? Don’t you miss the way the sun felt when you decided to hit pause?


There are times in life that you have to let loose, where you have to lighten up and have a laugh, ESPECIALLY at yourself. So, what you’ll find on this list are five ways to get started doing just that.


Recreate History

Before we dive into how, check these two pictures out…

Matt McMillain va ABC News

Matt McMillain via ABC News


Matt McMillain via ABC News

Matt McMillain via ABC News

Okay, so you don’t have to go back and do it like the McMillain brothers did. But doesn’t it look like fun? Believe it or not, there are actually some other awesome benefits to such an exercise. Read through the steps to find out!

Step 1: Find an old photograph of a happy you. It doesn’t matter if the photograph was from five years ago, twenty, or fifty. Just two requirements here: 1) an old photograph, and 2) you’re happy in it.

Step 2: Recreate that photograph. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to go to the exact location of the initial photograph. Just somewhere similar. Nor do you need to have the exact same people in the photograph as before (as in: a relative that now lives on the other side of the country). Instead, invite those closest to you to participate — friends, siblings, spouses, children, neighbors, strangers, whomever.

Step 3: Take the photo.

Step 4: Compare the two photos. What’s different between them? What’s the same? How much have you changed? How far have you come to be where you’re at today?

As I’m sure you know by now, we can’t physically go back in time (not yet, anyway). But that doesn’t mean we should forget our past, or that we should dwell on it as something that can never be had. And, the last thing that needs to happen is fearing your past. Instead, embrace it. Have fun with it. Be proud of what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Lighten Up Lesson #1: Your past is not to be feared.

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