One of the greatest gifts we possess is laughter. It’s that involuntary response we experience when we see or hear something funny. We all have to agree, laughing… feels amazing!
For me, when life gets a little rough, laughter is like the rain storm during a drought, the colorful sunset that adorns the sky as though feathers were a flame, or that fresh coat of snow covering the dry landscape on a Sunday morning. Laughter is a gift that makes life beautiful.
In this article, we list several different ways to bring more laughter into your life… here’s how.
When you hear someone laughing, gravitate toward it
Laughter is contagious. The more you are around people who laugh, the more it will rub off on you. When you hear laughter, it triggers a response in your brain. Let’s say you’re at a coffee shop enjoying your regular morning ritual, and the table next to you is cracking up with laughter. Usually, everyone within earshot will smile, some will even join the giggling in response to that joyful sound. So when you have the chance, let that happy contagion spread within you.
Learn to laugh at yourself
I know life isn’t peachy. Most of the time it’s a daily struggle. But when you make a silly mistake, learn to laugh about it. Training your brain to see the humorous side of life, will make you more resilient to stress, and better equipt to handle those awkward moments in a more positive way. In the long run, if you can tackle life with laughter, you’ll be a much happier person.
Take a laugh break
Nowadays, there’s not a shortage of funny material to aid in your chuckling-quest. If you start to feel overwhelmed at work or at home, take a break and watch a funny short-formatted comedy clip on your smartphone. Seriously, it will only take a few minutes. If silly animals make you happy, youtube.com is loaded with hilarious videos, or maybe you’re a stand-up comic type, funnyordie.com will have you giggling in no time. Here are two of my favorite. Wet Dog and the Dog Tease. Your mental health is a priority, so give it the mental massage it needs by laughing. TIME TO BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND!!!
Schedule a laugh night
I think this activity is essential for anyone, especially for families under a lot of stress. Netflix has an extensive list of shows. Pick one of your favorites or try something new like a stand-up comedy routine. Jerry Seinfeld or Jim Gaffigan – Obsessed, have kid-friendly material. It’s hard to be stressed out or sad when you’re laughing. By the end of the night, everyone will feel much happier and remember… laughter is a bonding agent, bringing those around, you closer together.
Hang out with funny people
I know I have my serious friends (aka: Debbie Downer’s or Buzz Killington’s) and then those friends who love to laugh. Finding a balance between the two is key. When I’m in need of some giggle-time, I invite my Mother-In-Law over to watch a comedy. She’s the type of person who laughs with her whole body, and I find myself chuckling just because she is. It makes any show 10 times funnier when she’s around. So when you need a lift, invite those carefree people over and have a laugh-in night.
Tune-in to funny material
When you’re feeling a little down, tune-in to something funny. When you’re driving in your car, turn the radio to a comedy station, or listen to it at work or when you’re at home cooking dinner. It will get you out of your funk in no time. We all need laughter, so get up and do something to bring more chucke-time into your life. You’ll be glad you did.
Joke: Why was Tigger looking in the toilet? Because he was looking for Poo!
Only us oldies even know who Winnie the Poo is. LOL…