Sunday, 14 August 2011

Laughter, the antidote to recent events

To be capable of laughing at oneself is considered a mark of good character and the foundation of a robust sense of humour.

But what to do when you find laughter beyond your reach?

  • Start Simple and  Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. Pioneers in “laugh therapy,” find it’s possible to laugh without even experiencing a funny event. The same holds for smiling. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling.
  • Count your blessings. Literally make a list. The simple act of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humour and laughter. When in a state of sadness, we have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.
  • Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily – both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
I'm smiling now as I see that I have on my 'counting blessings' list my Knitting group, Singing group, and WriterConUK Event - are filled with fun, playful people.

Thought for the DaySometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh