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