The exercise in this video may appear insensitive or even disrespectful to some, but it most definitely isn’t.

Here is how it works: Recall an unpleasant event that recently happened to you. While telling the story (keep it short) conclude each sentence with “ha ha ha”, or “ho ho ho”, or “tee hee hee”. You could also share your diagnosis the same way if you have one.

This is about the affirmation of power over, not submission to what ails you. It is a most powerful exercise because you cannot both laugh about something and hang on to feelings of depression and powerlessness about it at the same time. The ability to laugh about your aches and pains is a sign of maturity and brings great emotional freedom. Being challenged is a time for action, not submission. Laughter diffuses toxic energies and interrupts the negativity cycle.