Three keys to laugh­ing more

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

SO WHAT DO WE NEED IN OR­DER TO LAUGH? A MOUTH COMES IN VERY HANDY, BUT THERE ARE ALSO

THREE IM­POR­TANT FAC­TORS…

Un­der­stand­ing how laugh­ter can help us

We now know that laugh­ter can help us men­tally, phys­i­cally, so­cially and emo­tion­ally in many dif­fer­ent ways. Laugh­ter is not just for fun (though that’s a huge rea­son!) – it is a healthy, nat­u­ral tool that can ease our pain, free our spirit and strengthen us from the in­side out.

Be­ing will­ing to laugh

Will­ing­ness is es­sen­tial as it pro­vides pow­er­ful en­ergy in our mind, body and soul. If we nur­ture a laugh­ter in­ten­tion as we go through life this will en­able us to feel lighter, stay play­ful and look on the bright side, in­stead of fo­cus­ing on what has gone wrong. Be­ing will­ing to laugh takes us halfway there.

Giv­ing our­selves per­mis­sion to laugh

We’re al­lowed to laugh when­ever we want. We don’t have to de­serve it. We don’t need to have done some­thing ‘right’ or ‘wor­thy’. We don’t need to be feel­ing joy­ful or happy.

If we can stop putting con­di­tions on our laugh­ter then we can ac­cess laugh­ter at any time of the day or night, if we so choose. We don’t al­ways need to laugh in the same way, or with par­tic­u­lar peo­ple or in cer­tain lo­ca­tions. Our laugh­ter doesn’t have to be real, or loud, or de­mand­ing.

By gen­tly dis­solv­ing the tra­di­tional and lim­it­ing be­liefs as­so­ci­ated with laugh­ing we can open up the pa­ram­e­ters of our laugh­ter to dis­cover new realms of free­dom and ad­ven­ture. Giv­ing our­selves per­mis­sion to laugh mess­ily, clum­sily, nois­ily, ridicu­lously, si­lently and for no ap­par­ent rea­son other than it feels good, may be a great place to start.

Laugh: Ev­ery­day Laugh­ter Heal­ing For

Greater Happiness And Well­be­ing by

Lisa Sturge (Quadrille, £7.99). Find out

more at www.quadrille.com

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