Friday, November 29, 2013
Laugh a Lot
Have you heard they now have laugh yoga? It may sound absurd, but it makes complete sense. Laughing is incredibly therapeutic and most of us don't do it enough. Its not new information, but I was reminded of this one day last week when I was feeling particularly stressed out. I started reading one of those top autocorrect mistake posts like this one. Because of my silly sense of humour, this kind of shit makes me hysterical. In no time I was laughing so hard I was crying and I had to put my hand over my mouth so I wouldn't disturb the other therapists in the office working with their clients. But it felt fantastic. And I sat there wondering why we don't spend more time laughing. There are lots of funny things out there!
Similarly, it hit me the other day how weird it is all the things we stop doing when we become adults. Like cartwheels. Why do we stop doing cartwheels and hanging off monkey bars? If we just kept doing these things, we'd probably all be a lot fitter and healthier. I wonder what would happen if we took life a lot less seriously? Our society is full of people (including myself) who get mired down in expectations and responsibilities. We feel like we are facing insurmountable obstacles in our lives, when really there is no actual threat. Most of us are blessed - compared with other living in the world - with fairly safe, stable, comfortable lives, and yet stress is a pervasive and chronic problem that leads to significant mental and physical health issues.
I guess that's why Mindfulness is an increasingly popular buzzword in the wellness world. Most of us can benefit from practicing gratitude and trying to put things in perspective. So have a great weekend: turn some cartwheels, dance, and laugh a lot.