It starts with a giggle and a snicker. It grows to a snort. You’re gasping for air. Falling over. Almost pee in your pants. Laughing out loud is so much fun!
Having you been too stressed to have fun? Do you tend to see negatives first? Do you have a hard time riding the waves of change?
My 3-year old gently reminds me to lighten up. He is known as “Mr. Positive” at preschool. My son sees the bright side, even when I can’t. For him, it’s funny to run, to be messy, to talk to food, and to be free from clothing. Almost anything is funny to my son, even if mommy’s not smiling.
I want to balance my hold the line, be firm and serious times with light-hearted, belly rolling, laughter. Enjoying a good laugh is the best medicine. Laughter can lighten up even the heaviest load of stress.
Tensions lessen. Moods lift. Minds clear. And, smiles appear.
Get Your Laugh On:
Play Family Games – I enjoying playing games with my family, especially when it doesn’t matter who wins. With the young ones, it’s hide-n-seek, tickling, and kissing monster games. I also enjoy games that involve creative expression: Guesstures, Pictionary, and Inkblot. We laugh as we try to communicate through action, drawing, and metaphors. Creating memories by getting our laughs on!
Watch Funny Movies – I typically watch dramatic shows and movies, the more relationship drama the better. Although I’m interested in the stories they tell, I’d much rather pick a movie with a happy ending or an inspiring story. Luckily, I also enjoy romantic comedies. Have you ever been alone and laughed out loud, remembering a scene from a movie?
Laugh at Your Self – I can laugh at myself. I can laugh at how many times I have made the same mistake. I am me, the one who has to learn the same lesson over and over again. I can be frustrated or I can find humor in this. Can you embrace your perfectly imperfect self?
Listen to a Child – An innocent child sees the world as it is. It’s unfiltered. The world is a child’s playground. Listen to a child making sense of the adult world.
The world through my son’s eyes:
“I lost my ideas, someone stole them.”
“Is your face falling off?” (commenting on mom’s dry skin)
“Are you sucking that up to your brain?” (when swallow a vitamin)
“I don’t know what I’m talking about.” (about himself)
“I did it, I am the man.” (after opening a door for big sister)
“I have a small brain, if it was big, I’d fall over.”
“I smell meat.” (pretending he’s a T-Rex)
Lifts up his shirt, smashes green beans on his stomach. (After I told him, “You can have seconds when your veggies are in your tummy.”)
Share Hilarious Stories – Take a break. Enjoy the moment. Reflect on funny memories. Share it. Laughter is contagious. Like this baby giggling, you can’t help it – you want to join him.
Be light- hearted, in this moment, in your life, with your self.
Get your laugh on. And, share a funny story in the comments section.
Photo Credit: Alicia Munoz-Witt