A couple of weeks ago I got together with some friends for our annual “girls weekend”. Four of us have been meeting once per year for the last 16 years or so and every year we reconnect, tell stories, shop, sightsee, and LAUGH. And every year I nearly throw-up I laugh so hard! My stomach and my cheeks hurt. And I rarely feel as inspired and as invigorated as after I’ve laughed that hard. Even when we are telling tough to hear stories, we find ways to laugh and change how we look at the world.
It is way too easy to have a life that is weighed down with blah, and rarely or never laugh.
I’ve spent today focused on how to create Abundance and Joy, and I was reminded how much laughter can make a difference when it comes to how we approach the world.
Another story…I have a child who sometimes struggles with the morning routine. It can really send her “out of sorts” which then sends me “out of sorts” – and that can last for way too long and lead to tears. One day someone told me about laughter yoga – where you spend time deliberately making yourself laugh “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” style, and where after a couple of minutes you’re actually really laughing because the feel-good chemicals have kicked in.
I decided to try it with my child. She thought it was hilarious – us sitting there fake laughing – until it wasn’t fake anymore.
The tears dried up, laugher happened, and then tears from laughing fell again.
What a way to head off for the day.
Here’s a link to a TedX talk, Happier in 5 Minutes Per Day about Laugher Yoga. Follow her steps and you’ll be laughing soon too.
All you need to do is try.
Let me know how it goes! (Giggle, giggle…Ha Ha Ha!)