When was the last time you truly laughed?
What stops you from laughing more often?
Just imagine what it would be like to be able to laugh away all your aches and pains.
Have a closer look at the image on the left – it’s an incredible image and one of the best I have ever seen of a child or indeed anyone laughing.
Notice how his laughter has reached his eyes and his whole face is one of sheer happiness.
Just by looking at this image, I feel better and have to almost restrain myself from smiling too. There, I have stopped restraining myself and I have now got a huge smile on my face.
Now it’s time for you to stop restraining yourself too. Smile:-)
Children are incredible in their ability to be just in the moment and enjoy whatever it is that’s making them tickle.
But why should we restrict such joy just to the little guys?
There is ample proof to show that laughter is indeed the best medicine and case studies have proven that people do heal much faster when surrounded with laughter, fun and joy.
So let me repeat my original question – when was the last time you truly laughed?
Pause for a few seconds and recall that time.
What was it like for you?
You probably felt lighter, happier and present in that moment.
What usually stops us from laughing more often?
We take life too seriously
Our upbringing has taught us to be all prim and proper
The culture we live in – for example the fabled British stiff upper lip:-)
Life is a challenge so it’s hard to smile about anything
We just don’t find something funny
So here’s my invitation to you for today and everyday from now onwards. Just recall the one time in your life when you have truly let go, lost control and laughed and laughed.
Then put yourself back in that point in space and time – and simply laugh. It will be the best and perhaps only medicine you will ever take.
Please also share your moments of greatest laughter in the comments section below – spread the joy:-)
To make it more fun, I shall send a copy of my book “Get the Life you Love” for the story I think is the funniest.
I shall decide after 2 weeks, on 19th March (my birthday). And of course I shall post my book to you, wherever you are in the world. So please do share your best laughter stories.