How much are you Laughing?

I can be a very serious person. Just ask my children. Their father is funny. They are funny. Me, not so much. Sometimes, I can tell a funny story, thank you Bruce Carse, my storytelling coach. But every day, in and out, I’m not funny. This translates into: I’m not laughing enough.

Why does this matter. Because it does. Laughter is good for us.

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

So, how do you bring more laughter into your life? Plan for it. Seriously. (See I’m that way, the serious way.) So, how do you plan for it? Make a list of ways to have fun. I did this, by being intentional with planning for family time. Because we, well the family, enjoys each other, we are bound to laugh when we spend time having fun together. So, my first step was, I made a list of ways to have fun together, as in listing activities. Then, I got my calendar out, and began scheduling things.

This picture is of me in Disney World with the family. In Epcot, there were these phones that would ring, you could answer and the person on the other end of the phone talked to you. I thought it was funny, I laughed and laughed. One of my kids took this picture. Just looking at the picture makes me laugh.

Another way, is that I remind my husband, the kids, (the funny people I know) about a time that something funny happened. And sure enough, we begin to laugh all over again, just like we did when whatever it was, was actually happening. We also will turn to YouTube and pull up our favorite commercials and scenes from movies. We may replay them upwards of 20 times in a row. Sometimes, we’ll narrow down something we find funny to a word or two. We’ll be somewhere that reminds us of the funny scene, and we’ll say the word, and off we are laughing.

Here is a way to make me laugh, and it’s at myself, no less. I tend to talk to myself. All the time. So, if I’m frustrated, I’m running late, can’t find my phone, which is a usual occurrence, I’ll ask myself a question, like “Seriously Deanna, this is the first time you realized. . .” and pretty soon, I’m laughing at myself.

So, if you want more laughter in your life, plan for it, and for crying out loud, have fun in the planning.

Strength – Recognize that laughter is good for you and laugh more often.

Dignity – Take responsibility for your well-being and plan accordingly.

Grace – This is not a time to be hard on yourself, and extending grace to someone totally undeserving, can really become a humorous situation, sometimes.

Please share with me, what makes you laugh, it will help me laugh more.

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