How and Why to Add Humor to Your Day

by | Mar 6, 2024 | Blog, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle

Consider adding a daily dose of belly laughter to your routine! Problems, frustrations and worries take their toll on our health. Meditation, exercise, journaling etc. are all very helpful, but my observations suggest that a good belly laugh should be in the mix.

In the last few weeks, I experimented with adding a few minutes of a belly laugh segment (my choices include Monty Python and old skits from SNL from YouTube) and noted its effect on my energy, my outlook and, most importantly, the creativity and efficiency of my coaching sessions. I can say with confidence that all improved as a function of my belly laugh routine.

Steve Wilson, author of the book “Good Hearted Living,” states that heavy attitudes can get in the way of the “lightness” in our lives, so we don’t laugh as much as we need to. You certainly could use a daily dose(s) of laughter if you find yourself stuck in any one or several of these attitudes:

  • Judgmentalism.
  • Rigidity.
  • Being unappreciative.
  • Mean-spiritedness.
  • Anger.
  • Racing and hurrying.
  • Workaholism.

Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress, and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.

On a physical level a good bout of laughter exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs, and even works out tension in the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward.

It provides a good workout for the heart.

Furthermore, a good belly laugh gives our respiratory system a massive workout, strengthening the lungs and furthering their health.

And there’s more. Did you know that laughter can be contagious? It’s not only good for you but hearing or watching someone else splitting their sides laughing can lift your mood. I remember, years ago, after a long and tiring day calling my mother and hearing my Dad in the background laughing uproariously at a Marx Brothers movie. Even over the phone and at a distance, his laughter was infectious – it refreshed my day!

Let’s experiment right now! Watch this short skit from an old Carol Burnett show. I hope our humor aligns somewhat so you can get a feel for the effects of what I’ve been talking about! Otherwise choose another YouTube video and see how the rest of your day goes. Then, share the clip with someone who could use a good laugh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h66p3gW82bM

Consider working in a daily dose of laughter into your day and see what happens!

Stay COREageous!

Need a healthy routine for being your best self? Contact me at Rebecca@ MindfulCommunication.com. Visit MindfulCommunication.com.

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