We are all familiar with the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine” and there is scientific research that shows that connection. So I am not here to be the expert on all of laughter’s healing properties but to share a few resources if you need to learn how to have more laughter in your life.
First, is through Amanda Gore. Just log on to one of her YouTube videos and tell me if you don’t have a good laugh at least once. Also, in her book, The Gospel of Joy (which by the way has been renamed Joy is an inside job and it’s free, http://joyproject.amandagore.com/the-book/), she has a chapter on Laughter. And I hope she doesn’t mind if I share just a couple of tips from that chapter, but you really should read the whole thing!
- Smile and stop taking yourself so seriously
- Remember all the funny times in your life
- Find photos of as many fun times as you can
- Watch a movie that makes you laugh out loud
- Laugh and help others laugh
- Make a laughter journal and read funny stuff
- Turn around tough memories with laughter
Another resource has a Hawaiian touch to the subject of laughter. It’s a small but rich book by Pat Masumoto from Maui called The Healing Power of The Hawaiian Belly Laugh (Yes Seminars International, 1995) . Good stuff!
“Everyone smiles in the same language.” ~Anonymous
“Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life.” ~Anonymous