Three keys to laughing more
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