The Best Self-Help Advice: Stop Being Serious
Boston, MA - A new DVD series is claiming the key to feeling happy is simply behaving less seriously. “Stop Being Serious” is a four part video seminar extolling the virtues of acting comically and treating personal problems with irreverence. The producer and host, Tim Grimes, gives advice on performing playful self-help exercises. Grimes is a counselor based in Boston. He says that if people enjoy playing around with the way they talk and move, they will immediately feel better.
“We take ourselves too seriously,” Grimes says. “This is a big problem. Our thoughts always seem heavy unless we know how to lighten them up some.”
Grimes recommends for people to move their bodies in unusual ways. He says childlike exercises involving the body, like hopping in circles or making contorted facial expressions, are excellent devices to relax the mind.
“Our bodies take us hostage unless we know how to mentally loosen up,” Grimes says. “This process is like giving your thoughts a gentle massage to relax them.”
If a person feels poorly either physically or emotionally, Grimes recommends they make outlandish movements or sounds. These actions can seem so absurd in the context of someone’s personal troubles that the initial problem fades away.
“Basically we push out the bad feelings,” Grimes explains. “We make fun of the bad feelings. We don’t take those feelings seriously at all. That is very different from how most traditional counseling and therapy treat feeling badly. For us, bad feelings go away because we treat them lightly. We acknowledge them, and then we have fun anyway.”
The video seminar is available for sale on the “Stop Being Serious” website www.stopbeingserious.com
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