Have you been taking yourself a little too seriously? I know I have and it was only yesterday when I stumbled on a hilarious TV show that I realized I needed to laugh more. My sides were literally aching and it was hard to gulp down enough air to keep me pumped up for my hysterical snorting. After the show, I felt exhausted like my tummy had just had a massive workout and my cheeks were sore. And I felt so good.
Now, I know you can’t laugh like that all the time, well unless you go to those laughing clubs, which isn’t for everyone, but I can certainly make an effort to smile more. All the research says a smile is contagious, and firing off those endorphins doesn’t just make you feel better you look better too. So chuck some extra smiles around today.
Laughing or not laughing can also give us insight into the state of our most intimate relationships. The more couples and families laugh together the happier they are. So if the giggles have dried up between you and your nearest and dearest it may be sign your relationship could do with some TLC. Try some re-connection over the less serious things in life and sharing your funnier self.
Sharing laughter brings us the same intimacy in friendship as sharing our tears. You know a good friend gets you when you share in the humor of situations and circumstances. A funny and compassionate friend is a blessing.
So if you’re down, seek out the company of those who are jolly and see if a lighter perspective can ease your tension. Laughter is a chance for your body and mind to escape. What do the experts say, fifteen minutes of laughing a day keeps the doctor away…