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Find a reason to laugh

Laugh at mistakes

This afternoon, whilst doing the laundry, I made a very silly mistake. I put my clothes into a machine in the campus launderette, close the door, added my £2 coin and pressed the start button. Can you spot the mistake I made? (Answer at the bottom of the post!) I was rather annoyed with myself 5 minutes later when I realised what I’d done! At first I let it get to me, and affect the otherwise very good mood which I’m in right about now. But then I stopped myself. I realised that whilst there’s nothing I can do about the mistake now, the thing I can control is my reaction to it, and if I let it affect me. I laughed, shrugged it off, and found a way to sort out the problem. And that is a very valuable thing to be able to do in life; not just for silly little mistakes like forgetting to put in the washing powder (there’s your answer!) but also for bigger things. We cannot control anything outside of ourselves that happens, but we can manage our own reactions, and instead of getting mad/upset at negative situations, look for a solution, and if you can, find a reason to laugh at the situation. They do say laughter is the best medicine after all!

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