Laughter is the best medicine. I say this all the time when I teach yoga to my students. Watch a toddler run and fall, or a baby learning to walk and fall, they laugh at themselves. Somewhere along the way as we have gotten older we take ourselves so seriously and get mad at ourselves.
Whether it is on or off your yoga mat. If you lose your balance in a yoga flow, laugh, don't get judgmental on yourself and mad.
This summer it was one thing after the other in our house and cars breaking. It was a lot and it got very frustrating but it comes to the point you have to let it go and not focus on everything going wrong and breaking.
Let it all go!
This first week of school came and went and we took a day off this weekend and rented a boat. Let all our to do's go, I had to clean the house, get caught up on laundry, and grocery shop. Homework can wait, house and laundry can wait, all of that can wait and it did. We laughed all day long on the boat and tubbing. A much needed break to laugh and have fun.
Science says laughter is the best medicine too. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, it protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow. Laughter can also burn calories, It can help when you are in a place of sadness or anger. A study in Norway even found that laughter may even help you live longer.
Laughter also brings people together and helps to strengthen relationships.
Ways To Bring Laughter Into Your Life:
Make humor a priority by reading a funny book, watching a comedy, funny TV show, or listening to your favorite comedian.
Share laughter with friends. Spend more time with people you have fun with.
Smile. Smiling is the begging of laughter and it is contagious.
Count your blessings and create a gratitude list.
Invite people to a comedy show or go out.
Host a game night.
Goof around with your kids.
Make time for fun activities.
Always remember to laugh at yourself.
Don't take life or yourself so seriously all the time.
Don't dwell on the bad and negative things all the time. Avoid negative people, don't watch the news, entertainment or stories that bring you down, stay off of Facebook and other social media sites.
Stress can be a major laughter blocker. So it is extremely important to keep your stress levels in check. Yoga, meditation, journaling, going on a walk, getting outside are great ways to help lower your stress levels. Breath work can help instantly for me to bring me back down.
Remember that life is what you make of it. The ability to laugh at yourself makes you attractive to others and can help relieve your own stress. Focus on finding the laughable moments of your day and then share it with someone and increase the power of laughter in this world!