The Path of Laughter (Part 3)

Laughing on Purpose

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." - Victor Hugo

Wouldn’t it be great if you could recreate that happy, uplifting feeling whenever you wanted? Well, you can!

When I find that my mood and energy are low, I say to myself, “You know what you need to do.” Then I start fake laughing for one whole minute or until my energy and spirits soar right back up. 

I became interested in laughter when one of my identical twin granddaughters seemed to always have a serious look on her face. She rarely smiled or laughed. 

One evening while I was at my son’s home for dinner, as we were all sitting around the kitchen table, I looked at my serious granddaughter, and then said to my son, “Who does she remind you of?” His response was, “You, mother!” I turned to him, saying, “What? Why?” His reply was, “Because she looks so serious, just like you.” 

Wow! That was a wake-up call for me! 

The very next day, while I was on my laptop, I went to the internet and found a course to become certified as a laughter facilitator. I signed up, took the course and got certified. This was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. 

After discovering that there are so many benefits to laughing, I now try to laugh as much as possible. It takes a conscious effort to laugh throughout the day which is easy when I’m with my grandchildren because they do so many funny things. We love laughing together. Sometimes, I start laughing for no reason and then they start laughing with me. My “serious” granddaughter is now smiling and laughing all the time. 

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