Acting on an idea, especially one that brings joy or laughter, can actually help you navigate challenging situations. Tane explains that in improv and in life, sometimes people don’t give themselves permission to try new ideas. When that happens, he suggests people try to determine what keeps them from moving forward. “Is it a sense of fear? Some voice in your head telling you ‘oh don’t do that, that’s not the right thing to do right now?’”
What is something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t give yourself permission to pursue? What kept you from moving forward? If you were to give yourself permission to do something this week, what would it be? How might you feel if you simply said “yes” to the idea?
Experiencing joy and laughter can actually give a much needed break in a hard situation. Tane quotes Stephen Colbert who said, “Do you know what I like about comedy? You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time.” How might granting yourself permission to pursue something joyful help you or someone else in a difficult situation?