Lately, I realised that I haven’t laughed in a long long time, well I have had little chuckles and found things funny but not really had a big deep laugh. I figured this out when I was listening to a podcast and couldn’t stop laughing when they mispronounced a few words it just got sillier and sillier and yet I couldn’t stop laughing and was in tears nearly.
Work, life, kids, school, work, after-school activities, weekend activities, and more means that it is constantly go go go! When I do get a chance to relax I either fall in a heap and watch a show or go to bed for some long-anticipated sleep lately I’ve not been sleeping well so then getting horrible headaches…so then days of plodding along and not laughing or smiling that much continues on.
Laughing is not only good for your mental health but also for your physical health. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals that can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and boost your immune system.
Laughing can also help you relax and reduce tension in your muscles, which can help lower your blood pressure and improve circulation. Additionally, laughing can improve your mood and help you feel more positive and optimistic about life.
While laughing may not make you physically younger, it can certainly make you feel more youthful and energetic. Laughing can help you let go of stress and worries, allowing you to enjoy the present moment and connect with others.
So, if you haven’t been laughing or smiling much lately, it may be time to seek out some sources of humor and joy in your life. Whether it’s watching a funny movie, spending time with friends who make you laugh, or simply practicing laughter exercises, finding ways to laugh and smile more often can have a positive impact on your overall well-being.
Here are some tips on how to laugh more and incorporate more humor into your daily life:
- Watch or read something funny: Whether it’s a comedy movie, sitcom, or humorous book, exposing yourself to funny content can help you find humor in everyday situations.
- Spend time with funny people: Surround yourself with friends or family members who make you laugh and enjoy their company.
- Try laughter yoga: Laughter yoga involves combining breathing exercises with playful, laughter-filled movements, which can help you laugh more and feel more energized. (I honestly had no idea that there was a thing called, Laughter yoga.)
- Find humour in everyday situations: Try to find humour in everyday situations, such as a funny mistake or a humorous conversation with a stranger.
- Take breaks to do things that make you happy: Engage in activities that bring you joy and laughter, such as playing games, listening to music, or spending time with pets.
- Practice gratitude: Focusing on the positive aspects of your life and feeling grateful for what you have can help you cultivate a more positive outlook and a greater sense of joy.
Remember, laughter is contagious, so don’t be afraid to share your joy with others. Making someone else laugh can be just as rewarding as laughing yourself. By incorporating more humor into your life, you can improve your mental and physical well-being and enjoy a more fulfilling life.
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