For example, research shows a good hearty laugh can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and elevate mood. It’s also been proven to boost your immune system…even improve brain function. But overall, laughter and humor…it just makes you feel good!
So can you bring more laughter and more humor into your everyday life?
Author Emily Watts shares a few ideas.
Snap a picture. A living room that looks like a tsunami zone; a child with your makeup artfully applied all over her body; a dog who just had a personal pizza party with your leftovers under the kitchen table—such seeming disasters often make for some pretty funny visuals.
Don’t isolate yourself. Most funny things happen when you’re out among people. Keep your eyes and ears attuned to the absurd—chances are, you’ll find it.
Project mishaps five years into the future. The tomato juice you spilled all over your white shirt on the airplane might not be so funny right when it happens, but it’ll be a great story someday.
Take a laugh break. Have a funny calendar, a joke file, an online folder where you stick all those goofy things people e-mail to you. Make it a point to connect deliberately every day with something that makes you smile.
Eat chocolate. The world almost always seems brighter afterward!
Emily Watts is a lover of words. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah and has worked as an editor for Deseret Book Company for more than 25 years. Many of those years she spent working part-time from home so she could devote the lion’s share of her attention to her two girls and three boys. Now that those children are all in school, she is back full-time and serves as a senior editor. She is the author of the books “Being the Mom: 10 Coping Strategies I Learned by Accident Because I Had Children on Purpose?” and “Take Two Chocolates and Call Me in the Morning.” For more information on these titles visit www.desertbook.com.
She and her husband, Larry, live with their family in Taylorsville, Utah.