I wonder what people mean when they say, "Don't take yourself seriously." You often hear it in relation to other things, too. The first thing that comes to mind for me is a straight-edge man who has always been too concerned with doing a good job. He dresses for his job, frets about projects and pleasing superiors, and has been driving himself nearly over the edge with stress for years. One day, noticing that he's on the verge of a breakdown, a coworker says, "Lighten up. This assignment isn't life or death." The reason someone would take something so seriously is because something of consequence is at stake. In this case, it's his job, but it goes deeper than that; it's his pride and his self-esteem, too, I think.
What is the secret to taking yourself less seriously? In other words, the message is too vague. It's difficult to figure out how you could implement that philosophy. If the cause of taking yourself too seriously is that you perceive something to be at stake, what is it? Does self-worth have anything to do with it? Does taking yourself less seriously mean you will necessarily take life less seriously and have more fun?
I think this is a desirable thing. I'm just fuzzy on how to do it.