Last week I was standing outside in the grass chatting with my husband while he watered the plants. I was barefoot and all of the sudden I had the urge to do a cartwheel. This is relatively unusual behavior for me since I haven’t attempted a cartwheel in probably 25 years and even then it was likely not my forté.
But I didn’t let that get in the way. I gave it a whirl. I was just as bad at it as I remembered.
I did several more and got slightly better at it — slightly.
The best part of it was that it made me laugh. The more I did the more I laughed.
This is important since the average adult laughs 20 times a day and I would venture to guess that lately I haven’t come close to that. Laughter is fun but it’s also proven to be good medicine. It relaxes us, boosts our immune system, and makes us more resilient.
Enough with the science though. Start paying attention and notice how many times a day that you laugh. It doesn’t need to be a big, fat belly laugh, although that’s good. Just a little chuckle will count.
If you find that you are not laughing as much as you could, don’t despair just laugh instead.
Find reasons to laugh, watch movies that you know will make you laugh or fake it till you make it. That’s right, fake laughter will turn into real laughter because it’s just so silly. It’s just like our gratitude journals push us to find reasons to be grateful, we can find reasons to laugh and that would probably make us grateful too. Double play.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G