There was a moment yesterday morning when my co-worker and I were in hysterics. And I don’t mean we were giggling, chuckling or even laughing like normal. I am talking about loud, gasping for breath, tears running down my face, cheeks hurting laughs.
I don’t even remember what we were laughing about. It was what my colleague called a ‘twilight zone’ day where everything was nutty. I know we started out with light giggles, then a tongue twist of words sent us doubled over, clutching our stomachs, trying not to pee our pants laughing.
And it felt good.
Yesterday was a busy day at work,and like most jobs, there were moments of high stress. But I work with wonderful people who all have the amazing ability to make each other laugh.
And sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh.
Otherwise you’ll pull out your hair in frustration or burst into tears from stress.
It is amazing how laughter can change the atmosphere in a room. It can go from incredibly tense and dead silent to warmth and joyful noise. It can take a bad day and turn it into good. It can bring people closer together and ease feelings of distress.
Laughter has incredible healing power. When your heart is breaking or stress is draining your energy, laughter can renew and refresh your mind and soul in seconds.
I love to laugh. Most people do.
But what I love even more is making others laugh. One of my greatest joys is seeing people laugh. A child’s laugh is my favourite sound and I would do anything to hear my one and a half year old niece giggle.
Laughter is infectious. It’s contagious. It has the ability to connect people.
Life is full of stress. It’s full of pain and sadness.
Our world is a broken place.
Life is also short. It’s too short not to laugh as much as you can.
Laugh at yourself, and with others.
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and people you make laugh.
Laugh until your cheeks ache, your stomach hurts and tears are falling down your face. Laugh until you almost pee your pants.
And when you finish…
Laugh some more 🙂