At a recent LP seminar, a client reminded me of a video where one person starts laughing on a train, and soon everyone around them has the laughter bug, watch it here
There is a huge amount of research that shows how amazing laughter is for us. It helps to reduce pain and stress, and improves our emotional wellbeing. It is very hard to feel anxious or upset when you’re laughing. Isn’t it time to bring more laughter into your life?
“Laughter is the fireworks of the soul” Josh Billings
Think about the different times things have made you laugh. What was it about them you found funny?
We all have a different sense of humour and find different things funny. Here are a few of my favourites which I hope will inspire you:
Film or TV Comedy
A simple way to introduce more laughter, is to watch a great comedy on TV. Whether you have a particular series that gets you chuckling, or like certain films, this is a great way to get laughing more. And a brilliant one you can share with friends and family if they are around.
I love to watch a great romcom (what can I say, I’m an old romantic at heart!). There are a few I can watch over, and over, and still laugh out loud to.
Who Do You Laugh With?
Who are the people that you laugh and giggle with the most? Make time for them in your life. If it isn’t possible to see them in person, have a coffee over Skype. Get creative in making these meet ups happen, modern technology offers us so many options to be connected.
Follow people who put up funny stories or videos and bring a little laughter into your news feed on a daily basis.
Learn to Laugh at Yourself
By this, I am not giving you permission to be mean to yourself. We all sometimes need to lighten up a little and learn to laugh at ourselves. This way we stop taking ourselves too seriously, and getting unnecessarily upset. Share something silly about yourself with a friend, and enjoy having a good laugh about it.
I am known for getting my words muddled. I have learnt over the years to laugh when I do it. During LP training, I usually come out with a couple of classics, and there have been a few in past podcast recordings too. I no longer get embarrassed; I have accepted that I am human after all and it’s a little quirk of mine.
Remember laughter is contagious, so spread a little happiness. I’d love to know what makes you laugh out loud, contact me and let me know.