“If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.
If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.”
We are told to exercise, take this supplement or that, sleep well, eat the right foods and think positive. If we do all this life is really good for us – well in theory.
What is really important to me is to try and bring laughter into my life as much as possible. Laughter is the medicine you have when you don’t really know you are having it – or words to that effect.
Humour is the balm of the soul and the mind especially. It lightens our load, puts problems into perspective and makes us focus on having some fun.
Add laughter to your communications and it becomes a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, pain and conflict.
Laughter makes you feel good
A good hearty laugh relaxes the whole body. It triggers endorphins. It protects the heart and helps you live longer. It adds joy and zest to your life, so why wouldn’t you want to live longer? Makes sense, right?
Laughter makes you feel good. There are many examples of laughter being used by ill patients to boost their immune systems and lift their depression.
Laughter dissolves anxiety, sadness and anger. You can’t feel these things if you are having fun right?
Humour helps you to shift your perspective
Humour also allows you to shift perspective.
How many times have you complained about a situation or about someone to a friend or boss and they laugh and tell you some funny tales about their experience with the same situation. I bet it helped.
Well you get a better perspective on the situation. It lightens your load and helps you stand back from the problem to get some breathing space.
Many a time you can just let it go. It doesn’t bother you anymore or you approach the situation in a new and wiser manner.
I have a dry black sense of humour and this has helped me get things into perspective many times in my life.
I had a dear friend Christine and we had many laughs together. It got us through some tough times and I have always treasured that period when she was in my life.
I used to read Erma Bombeck’s books (funny name)! She wrote about her life as a mother and wife; and as I was a mother of young children then, she helped me to see the funny side of my life.
I have since gone back and reread one of her books, but it doesn’t ‘hit’ me like it did then.
So books that resonate with you during certain stages of your life will help.
“Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, “No, thank you,” to dessert that night. And for what!”
So here are some laughter tips:
Be more spontaneous
Surround yourself with like minded people with the same sense of humour
Smile – it’s contagious
Watch a funny movie or tv show
Read funny stories – if you like reading nothing lifts you like a funny book!
Share a good joke or story
Go out to comedy shows
Don’t be defensive
Think positive and remember Murphy’s Law – “If anything can go wrong, it will.”
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
DON’T GO A DAY WITHOUT LAUGHING