“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills.
It's probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Laughing is a simpler way to create and have a happier life. Laughter has positive effects on a person’s mental and physical health. It reduces stress hormones, improves blood circulation and strengthens the immune system. When you laugh, the body also releases chemicals that have positive effects on the system such as endorphins or the feel-good hormone.
It's time bring fun and laughter back into your life so you can have more energy, be more social, attract other happy people to you, and greet each new day with a healthy and positive mindset. Here are four creative ways to bring fun and laughter back into your life this year.
Do Something Silly or Something that Makes Your Life Feel Vibrant
Do something silly you’ve never done before. Try rolling down a hill or catching popcorn thrown by a friend with your mouth. Can’t sing? Try singing really loud in the bathroom or in your backyard. If you cannot dance, try making a video of yourself dancing to your favorite song and watch it with family and friends. Or you do not have to show it to anyone, just do it for added fun and laughter this year.
Can’t draw? Grab a few color pencils, a sketch pad, and draw to your heart’s content. Give it to a friend, saying it’s your gift for his or her birthday. If there’s something you loved as a child and you haven’t done it in a long time, it’s time to do it again. Ride your bike and just feel the rush of air and the activeness of your legs. Just do it without thinking about other thoughts. The most important thing here is that you’re having fun.
Laugh at YourselfTaking yourself too seriously prevents you from finding the humor in tough situations. It also makes you too sensitive and uptight. Learning to laugh at yourself will not just remove some of the pressure, but also allow you to be more vulnerable and genuine. Do not think it’s a bad thing.
A person’s vulnerability and authenticity are desirable character traits. Try to the find the funny side of things. When you are feeling down, ask yourself what’s funny in the situation you’re currently facing. It’s fine to be silly, to laugh at yourself. Humor is one of the best ways to cope with hardship and turn something negative into a positive thing.
Add Laughter to Your Morning Routine
Most people have a routine that they follow every morning. Why not include laughter in your morning routine? Buy a joke book and read a joke every morning. You can also get a year-in-a-box calendar that will make you laugh when you look at it. Get something that will trigger your laughter and put it on your bedside table.
It’s just like watching your favorite movie. The only difference is that what you’re watching is real and not scripted. Go out and just observe people as they mind their own business. You’re sure to see something that will make smile and laugh. Listening to laughing or watching videos of people just laughing can also make you crack a smile or laugh out loud. After all, laughter is contagious.
Fun and laughter raises the mood, aids the healing process, and builds human connections. In fact, scientists have calculated that 15 minutes of laughter a day will burn 10 to 40 calories, depending on a person's weight and the intensity of the laughter. That's enough to shift between 1 and 4 lbs a year. Consistent fun and laughter will bring your life high rewards; pursue it... capture it... and enjoy it this year and beyond.
About the Author: Ty Howard,
Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of MOTIVATION magazine
Ty Howard is an internationally recognized authority on personal, professional, relationship and success habits development. He is the creator and lead facilitator of the trademarked Untie the Knots® Process, and the author of the best-selling book Untie the Knots® That Tie Up Your Life: A Practical Guide to Freeing Yourself from Toxic Habits, Choices, People, and Relationships, as well as dozens of published articles on relationships, healthy habits development, empowerment and peak performance worldwide.
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