Today, on day 19 of 30 Days of Tessism, gratitude comes unexpected.
Gratitude: Today I am grateful for the moments where I find myself laughing at loud at anything and everything. Sometimes things are so daunting that the only I can do is laugh. I’m grateful for the people that help me guffaw my way past meltdown and defeat.
There are many people who just kick back and laugh at me when I’m taking things too seriously. My mom can’t quite put her finger on it but there some look I give her that I’ve been giving her since I was a baby that sends her into peals of laughter. I’m glad I can do that without even trying.
As someone who can get bogged down by drama and seriousness, I find that laughter is great medicine. It has some great benefits. It was one of my favorite challenges in last year’s 30-day challenge. It is very healing and takes the edge off everything. Read about the challenge here. Then join me in a gratitude for a laughter with a good belly-deep one!
Today was almost a bust for exquisite self-care since I did not sleep a wink last night. I was on the phone until sunrise repairing a rift in a deep friendship with guffaws and love. She was worth it. Laughter brought us back together and brings us the challenge of the hour.
Today’s challenge: Find at least one moment each day to laugh without reservation. Let something tickle you and go all out with it. Bonus—Laugh at yourself.
Often, we take ourselves and our lives so seriously that we spend more time worrying and grumbling than living. When everything is significant, how can we figure out what really counts?
It really pays to have a good, deep laugh daily.
Health Benefits of Laughter
- Stress Hormone Reduction
- Wards off Depression
- Better Breathing
- Muscle Relaxation
- Immune System Enhancement
- Pain Reduction
- Cardiac Protection
- Blood Pressure Reduction
- Improves Stamina in Athletes
Read more about those benefits here.
With this challenge, I will find a moment each day left in this month of norm-jarring challenges to not take myself or my life and its trappings too seriously at all. Even more so, when I’m involved in a difficult interaction, I will ease up and find the laughter missing from the situation. Heartfelt laughter is healing and I will be getting at least one good dose a day.
Today’s victory: I allowed a conflict to resolve itself by letting it be instead of trying to fix. It worked out better than expected and I didn’t suffer through it.
Gratitude: I am grateful for friends who are as fanatic about things like Harry Potter as I.
On the horizon: Going with it