How Laughter Transcends Suffering

Remembering to laugh and play is a key that protects us from anxiety, depression, and makes life inherently worth living

Zachary Burres
3 min readJun 12, 2022

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Laughter As A State Of Being

“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

In the face of the absurd suffering in the world, there are two major possible responses. You can be swallowed up by it, and lose your soul to nihilism, or, you can laugh at it.

Laughter as a state of being is a state of playfulness and creativity. It’s about responding to the present moment with awareness and intuition, which is naturally joyful, rather than accepting what you’ve been commanded to believe about the world by others. Or your own thoughts.

Who tells you to take things so seriously that it hurts? At first it was other people, the culture that raised you. But once its internalized, your own thoughts can torment you sometimes. Why do you that? It’s absurd.

You can respond to your own absurdity by bashing your head into the wall and screaming why all you want, but that is also absurd, and drags you deeper into the pattern of suffering. Laugh also at yourself.

Nature and life are their own why. That’s why you can’t find it “out there.”

Always look for the more creative solution. Even your own thoughts are only auditioning for your attention. It is you that chooses which thoughts to entertain. Instead of hating the world or yourself, call yourself a silly goose and change your focus.

Laughter Kills Fear, Depression, And Guilt

“Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughing.”
—also Nietzsche

As you start building the habit of purposefully laughing at the world and yourself, of creating laughter and joy, the habit of suffering and victimhood will slowly burn away.

Fear happens when your thoughts try and go into the future all by themselves, without your present consciousness. Intelligence is not in projected looping thoughts, but in quiet present consciousness. Watch your…

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Zachary Burres

Obsessed with psychology, philosophy, and spirituality.