Don’t take life or yourself so seriously. Lighten up!
Leave work at work. Don’t bring it home. Surprise yourself with a massage on the way home.
Whistle a happy tune. Learn a really funny joke and tell it to at least 10 people in one day. Be brave. Tell a joke to someone you don’t know in an elevator. (I did that once and booked a speaking engagement as a result).
If you make a mistake, don’t let it get you down. Acknowledge the mistake, take corrective action and continue moving forward.
Stop being so rules focused. It’s okay to break a few rules now and then on your way to being in a happy state. Do something together that tickles your funny bone. Kiss yourself in the mirror.
Poke fun at yourself, but never at your partner. That’s their job. Are you taking life too seriously all the time? Don’t. Be frivolous. Surround yourself with people that make you feel comfortable just being yourself.
When was the last time you laughed? I mean. . . a real belly-laugh! Stop that serious pose and let some of the laugh lines win for a change. Go to a local comedy club. Let your hair down. Why humor? Reduce stress through positive emotions and laughter. Why not?
Smile often. Research has shown that the mere physical act of smiling, without actually feeling like it, triggers internal biological reactions that stimulate emotions and contribute to a better mood – in you and others.
Lighten up, people!
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere.
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