Mental health question
I was discussing a technique I use to improve my attitude to a friend and mentioned how it caused an interesting side effect, they said they used to do something similar and it came with a side effect to them to.
Whenever I'm feeling down for whatever reason, I did something stupid, someone said something that hurt my feelings, things didn't go according to plan, ect... I would laugh. I would make myself laugh, I would laugh at the utter insanity of letting such stupid and minor problems get to me. And it worked!!! I would feel better instantly, and the more often I'd do it the more my mood would improve.
The side effect, If I did this enough, I noticed that I would start breaking out into fits of laughter for no apparent reason. Even when I wasn't trying to laugh and nothing funny happened, I would laugh my head off.
My friend mentioned that when she was younger and in depression she would smile, She would smile at her pain both physical and emotional. She told me that over time she began to like the pain and developed some masochistic tendencies from smiling at her pain.
I found it interesting that we developed these side effects from doing these things. I mentioned my friend's experience just to be complete with the story but this question is primarily about my self help technique
Is it ok to use my technique with the side effect it gives me, I don't mind the occasional fits of laughter after all it feels good to laugh but I'm worried it might lead to more problems?