laughing

When last have you gotten carried away in a moment and felt like you were bursting with laughter? The reason I ask is because sometimes we get so serious. As time passes, and we become older and have more responsibilities, we lose that side of us that wants to let go, be silly, and just laugh… just because.

We don’t need to find a reason to laugh and have fun, and we shouldn’t “schedule” in a fun moment. Laughter and joy should be found in our day to day. Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying you have to be a stand-up comedian and make jokes all day. Rather, what I am saying is find little moments where you can make that work colleague smile, or meet up with a friend who makes you laugh, or create moments with your family where you can be silly and laugh together.

There is something very powerful when we share in a joyous moment with others, or when we find a reason to laugh and smile. It lifts our spirits, which in turn gives us that refreshing energy that we need to keep our heads and hearts lifted when enduring tough seasons.

BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER

Did you know that laughter is good for your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing ? Here’s a closer look at how laughter can make a positive impact not only on yourself but on those around you:

Physically

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mentally

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Emotionally

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Shifts perspective
  • Refreshes you emotionally

Socially

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

Joy in our hearts strengthens us in trying seasons. It also lifts our hearts, gives us fresh perspective, and makes us feel happy and light in spirit. Joy and laughter is  contagious, and sharing in that joy with others is not only a blessing to you but to those around you. Try finding little moments in your day to day where you can incorporate a little bit more joy and laughter! Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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