It is often said that crying can release and cast away your inner sadness. There seems to be a general consensus that a good cry can make you feel better. Rooting out the sadness.
Does it follow that laughing can release and cast away your inner joy? For some reason no one wants to go with this idea. If you suggest that laughing will deplete your inner happiness, people will come up with convoluted ways to neutralising the idea.
Yesterday someone told me that sadness was a movement feeling that moved through you, but happiness was an expansive feeling. That laughing just makes happiness greater. I smell a ratty rat rat.
I think that crying, laughing, any emotional release, has absolutely nothing to do with the underlying feeling itself. The releasing act itself does nothing to it. Instead it’s relational – what I mean is that it is the act of acknowledging or sharing the feeling that does any movement or expansion work.