Try this: Laugh about anything or nothing for 30 seconds each day.
If you must, force yourself. Don’t be a sourpuss. Drive yourself happy.
It doesn’t take long for a put-on outburst of laughter to become the real thing – the kind of laughter where your side hurts, your eyes water, you can’t catch your breath and your body’s totally spent. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze.
“I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off. They might be healthier too. The effects of laughter and exercise are very similar. Combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate.” ~ Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist.
Redevelop your sense of humor. Demonstrate an abundance of smiles for your partner. It’s catching. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Feeling stressed… laughter decreases stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. More giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered.
If you think you have nothing to laugh about. . . you’re right. Find something to laugh about. Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone. Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?”
Hang around happy people! When you surround yourself with people who are always complaining and gossiping, you will find yourself becoming negative and not enjoying life. Shun whiners and complainers. By the way, if it’s your partner you are thinking about right now… just because they are a sourpuss, doesn’t mean that you should allow them to bring you down. Your job is to lift them up with a happy face, a clever remark or a funny joke or video. Send them something funny and add, “I love to see you smile. Let’s rent a funny movie soon, eat popcorn and laugh together! I love you!”
The most effective way to help others become happier very well may be by focusing on becoming happy ourselves. We must realize that everyone is ultimately responsible for their own happiness and simultaneously that everyone exerts a powerful influence on the happiness of those around them. Living with an unhappy person is like living with someone who’s ill: the illness is theirs, but the experience belongs to the caregiver as well. Your partner’s unhappiness is not your own. You may become unhappy in response to their unhappiness, but your unhappiness then becomes your responsibility. Happiness is a choice!
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale
A simple way to brighten your day is to surround yourself with happy people. Be happy. People want to be around people that make them feel happy and make them forget about their worries.
What you think about and speak about, you bring about. Force yourself to look at the bright side of things for a change.
Researchers are now saying laughter can do a lot more – it can basically bring balance to all the components of the immune system, which helps us fight off diseases. What may surprise you even more is the fact that researchers estimate that laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike. Laughing can be like a total body workout!
Copyright © 2013 – 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 an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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