Is there anything more enjoyable than laughing as hard as you possibly can?  It’s hard not to smile right now thinking about it.  Am I right?  Since we were children, laughter has always been associated with happiness. It is the most authentic grade of joy.  In fact, when my kids cry or start throwing a fit, I look for that little smile. They sometimes try to hide it.  When I see it I ask them if they are “happy or sad”? Then I politely remind them that they cannot be both.  They almost always start laughing. Which reveals that they were faking the whole dramatic episode.  This should serve as a valuable reminder to us all. Laughter means that you are happy. Even if it only lasts a moment.  Happiness trumps sadness and reserves the same slot in your psychological toolbox.  Even if you laugh daily now, I want to challenge you…

Seek out the humor and laughter in life every day. Laugh hard and often!

I have long been an advocate of the idea that our individual perspectives are a choice. These choices help to shape our experiences.  Intentionally seeking out the humor in life will add an increased level of enjoyment for you. Plus laughter costs you nothing.  Sounds like a good trade-off to me.  You will find that you start to attract other upbeat people into your life. Those that appreciate a good chuckle as well.  We attract the type of energy that we put out. This is precisely why you hear the phrase that “misery loves company.”  I try to inject humor into every situation that is appropriate. Sometimes even where it is not appropriate….oops.  I do this more for my entertainment than anything else. However, it keeps me smiling and showing the world my pearly whites.  I would offer the same joyful ride for you. This is certainly attainable for you as well. You are the captain of your own ship.

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Think of some of the most unhappy people that you know. See if you can impact them by introducing some humor into their life.  Perhaps you can help influence their perspective on things without them even noticing.  Nothing good is as good as it could be if you don’t spread the love around to others.  We do not realize the number of lives that we touch every day. Humor is an awesome opportunity to lift someone up.  Here is my personal offer to all of you.  If you ever need a injection of comic relief into your day, reach out to me! I will give that to you!  Beyond the good feeling that laughter gives you there are numerous physical benefits to your mind and body too.  How many depressed people to you know that laugh hard and often?  Not too many.  How many extremely successful people do you know that smile and laugh often?  I would guess most if not all of them.

See the connection here?

You know the material that makes you laugh.  So surround yourself with more of it throughout your day.  Laughter is a lot of fun. Plus it is contagious as well.  With no antibiotics needed.  Make an effort to spend the rest of your day today seeking the things that give you joy.  If you think this post will help someone else, share it. Perhaps you can help brighten the day for a friend. Or a family member. Heck, maybe even a complete stranger.  Making someone else laugh, often makes me laugh harder.  Then they laugh harder.  It can quickly become a wonderfully vicious cycle. In a good way of course!

Science has proved…

Although we knew it all along, that laughter is the best medicine. It reduces stress and promotes physical healing. It is essential for mental health and can add years to one’s life. “The Healing Power of Humor” gives detailed insights on the power of humor and the techniques.

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