When the whole world decides it’s a perfectly sunny day to turn against you (and trust me, it happens way more often than you think!), there's little you can do about it. You can sit in denial, go into a full breakdown without a return ticket, or you can laugh your ass off through staring straight into the depths of your pain.

In fact, there’s a whole online community dedicated to this coping mechanism where people share examples of self-deprecating humor. No wonder it’s such a huge success! Created in 2016, the r/2meirl4meirl subreddit has a whopping 1.3M members who come here for a daily fix.

I mean, if we cannot fight that pain, at least we can sit right next to it and have a good laugh at each other. So scroll down and upvote your favorite posts!

#1

2meirl4meirl

LetsPlayJen Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

**raises hand**

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#2

2meirl4meirl

brunolemos Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Have not been outside for 2-1/2 months.

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#3

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WeASeL_Antigua Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
5 months ago

Their DIY skills are pathetic because the Boomers DIDN'T teach them!

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A growing body of research has suggested that laughing during difficult situations may help to ease our pain and distress. In order to find out how that works, we reached out to Jennifer Williams, the founder of Heartmanity, which provides people with support and vital skills needed to create a healthy and thriving life with relationships that enrich and uplift us. Heartmanity provides groundbreaking skills and programs based on brain science and 30 years of experience.

Jennifer explained that an ability to laugh during painful or difficult situations requires resilience, which is an emotional intelligence ability. “Humor and laughter during tough times don’t mean that we are not taking our lives seriously, but rather, laughing acts like a release valve on a pressure cooker.”

Moreover, “This resilient mindset stems from innate confidence in ourselves to handle life’s curveballs and challenges successfully. The quality of our life is not about what happens to us; it’s about how we interpret and respond to our experiences,” she explained.

#4

2meirl4meirl

mattkres Report

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

Hard work, persistence, and never giving up... The things that arrogant toxic-positivity personal development life coaches tell you to do so you feel more miserable and buy more of their books.

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#5

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I_am_kiira Report

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

we're always the joker , trying to be the light in others lives we need in ours

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#6

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rabarbaro_ Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg stop reading my mind

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Moreover, growing your inner optimist and practicing mindful optimism trains our brains to see the good even when things go awry. Jennifer said that in this way, we start seeing the world through a new lens. “Laughter and humor are wonderful ways to release stress and reset our perspective.”

#7

2meirl4meirl

deelalz Report

Lady Laura
Community Member
5 months ago

Hill, stairs, on my mad dash through the grocery store…

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#8

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Iamglennn Report

beastmachine.
Community Member
5 months ago

Find the goddamn reset button

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#9

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Big-Smoke0919 Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Cashier is good soul, as is OP.

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When asked whether self-deprecating humor can be seen as a useful coping mechanism, Jennifer said that since she believes that we need self-compassion to be at our best, she’s not a fan of self-deprecating humor as a coping mechanism. “In my experience, when a person uses this kind of humor, they tend to be avoiding the reality of what is happening (evading tough emotions like grief or anger) and can be neglecting to take responsible action.”

Even though poking fun at ourselves is a healthy part of humility, the founder of Heartmanity believes that since deprecating means “to belittle or cheapen,” this type of humor can backfire, so you have to be careful. It may cause us to “feel more overwhelmed and less equipped to handle what we are facing in life,” Jennifer warned.

#10

2meirl4meirl

sehsahh Report

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

Me : "I'm depressed." Therapist : "Well, don't be." Me : "I don't pay you to sound like my parents!" Therapist : "You don't pay me, you are French."

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#11

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reddit.com Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

No good deed goes unpunished.

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#12

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Max_Stoned Report

Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

And don't you feel proud about yourselves when you have made the minimum in one day so you think you should award yourself with 3 days alone at home? Or it's only me?

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“On the other hand, science shows that gratitude helps to alleviate stress, offsets psychological disorientation caused by unexpected suffering, and increases positive emotions and a sense of well-being. Therefore, regularly practicing gratitude is a far more effective strategy for stress.”

Jennifer concluded that “through appreciation, we keep what is most important to us top of mind, and then we can better stay encouraged in difficult or painful situations.”

#13

2meirl4meirl

von995 Report

K Witmer
Community Member
5 months ago

The sound of Sunday football on tv still gives me anxiety bc that sound meant Monday was very close

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#14

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Cloakacola Report

Francis
Community Member
5 months ago

no need to call me and my depression out like this

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#15

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i-love-cute-lolis Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Laughing to crying in a nanosecond.

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#16

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JamColley Report

Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

*breaks phone immediately*

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#17

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TheBizzareKing Report

BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
5 months ago

Me. Me me me. Me.

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#18

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cadude1 Report

Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

Pain.....................

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#19

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Ideanherpestine Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

I want to sign up for the clinical trials.

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#20

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EmperorBulbax Report

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

How to get a restraining order, how to find the worst retirement house in the world...

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#21

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CountingNutters Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Of course not.

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#22

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LimitedArtition Report

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

allowance? , rich parents ?

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#23

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DustyCord Report

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
5 months ago

I just like the way it makes my skin tingle on a cold morning. The fact that I live alone has nothing to do with it. Probably.

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#24

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I I
Community Member
5 months ago

your brain lets you read ,must be nice

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#25

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kisstheoctopus Report

Lady Laura
Community Member
5 months ago

I’ve seen this included in several different posts and it still cracks me up each time

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#26

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SuperXero97 Report

Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

Why so relatable...?

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#27

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hallomakker Report

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

50 last month , in bed at 8pm , had 3 beers

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#28

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hellolanemoore Report

Lady Laura
Community Member
5 months ago

Motherhood

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#29

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delia_cai Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

Looking at little screen, reads this, looks up at big screen...aw snap

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#30

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wiicity420 Report

Montana
Community Member
5 months ago

Exactly!

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#31

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9w_lf9 Report

Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

Congrats!

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#32

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Pearl
Community Member
5 months ago

*When you actually wake up early* Ugh..why did I bother? *Goes back to sleep*

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#33

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BlueBerryCharm Report

Michelle M
Community Member
5 months ago

Boy, the conversations I have with myself!

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#34

2meirl4meirl

reddit.com Report

notdream
Community Member
5 months ago

Ah, I sense something very relatable… overthinking everything

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#35

2meirl4meirl

my-surname-is-NASA Report

Lady Laura
Community Member
5 months ago

Hah! Or you have ADD like me

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#36

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SirEviscerate Report

Seonag Udell
Community Member
5 months ago

Favourite time of day is bedtime

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#37

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mustbeaweasley94 Report

Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually, i do that because my favorite part is catchy

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#38

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DoctorPissPants Report

Dina Simoné
Community Member
5 months ago

Comparing yourself to others is the best way to become unhappy. Thats why people love Instagram so much. It brings a lot of easy accessible misery in your life.

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#39

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Tracy Baparam
Community Member
5 months ago

Don't forget laundry!!

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#40

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DepressiveAltAccount Report

I I
Community Member
5 months ago

you been reading my journal ?

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#41

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kaitlyntrahan Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

Looking at the way things are going in the world today, this might be the wisest thing to do.

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#42

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reddit.com Report

notdream
Community Member
5 months ago

Can someone put a link in this comment section

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#43

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tabss17 Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
5 months ago

That's just the doctrine that all governments use. "Your personal interests are not important to our society." also "Climate change happens because YOU drive a car."

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#44

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cal_gif Report

Brendan
Community Member
5 months ago

Therapist writes, "Funny joke about two donkeys. Remember to use at dinner party tonight!"

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#45

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midnighthunder0 Report

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
5 months ago

Still better than "pull yourself up by your bootstraps and count your blessings".

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#46

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ENDNOTE1337 Report

Scagsy
Community Member
5 months ago

That's just plain tragic. Jeez

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#47

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anthor19 Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
5 months ago

oh boy... so funny and so sad....

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#48

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BigKidProblems Report

Lady Laura
Community Member
5 months ago

But how much fun are these kids really having with the pressure of keeping their views/subscriptions high enough to make them money. Poor babies just need an electronics free day at the park.

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#49

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ch000ch Report

Vicky Z
Community Member
5 months ago

That's so me! My tv is for decoration and always open on the background without sound on!

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#50

2meirl4meirl

joeygllghr Report

Dina Simoné
Community Member
5 months ago

It started bad and did not get better

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