Laughter Wellness is an interactive practice focused on developing a positive attitude and designed to improve physical, mental, emotional and especially social wellbeing and integration. It is also a way of life. Here are its five pillars:
This has multiple meanings:
- Pro-actively look for activities that you enjoy doing, and do them.
- Look for ways to enjoy what you do if you have to do it. It will completely change your experience. A simple activity that will empower you is being generous with others. This is because generosity is hard-wired to the reward mechanisms in our brains. When we give our time, energy and kindness to others it not only helps them, it’s also great for our wellbeing too.
- Respect your own limitations. No new pain.
People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging.
Idea: Make a list of the top 20 people you most like(d) and value(d) in your life and contact all those you can (at least one per week). If you have nothing else to talk about, simply tell them how much you appreciate them and why. Another very valid idea is to get involved with a Laughter Club.
Do the best you can, you, here, now, with a positive attitude.
Do. It’s far more effective than talking.
Idea: Learn more about Laughter Wellness. There is a new way to feel the joy in your heart, access your inner cellular pharmacy, open your lungs and ventilate your spirit!
So you are doing stuff. Great! How are you doing it? Are you doing what you are doing half-heartedly or with the whole of you? Like Yoda (a wise character in the Star Wars movies) says “Do or don’t do. There is no try.”
Idea: Fully commit to whatever it is you do or just don’t do it at all. You owe that to yourself. Understand though that being enthusiastic does not mean you have to force or fake anything. Choose it, because you can, and allow your self to express itself to the best of its abilities, at any given point in time, using whatever muscles or energy levels are available then.
This is where faith comes in, and the importance of believing that we are all deeply loved and cared for. Be clear though that in this working hypothesis (it’s mine and therefore I am right) the Divine cannot want for you what you don’t want for yourself, and what you really want is defined by points #3 and #4 above. If you say you want something but do not do anything with enthusiasm to achieve it, then what you are really wanting is the wanting, and that is what you will receive in full measure.
Idea: Do not invest emotions in the outcome of your actions, but rather in the actions themselves. To say “I’m going to earn X amount of money this year” is a bad plan because you have no way to guarantee that it will. Rephrase those types of goals into “desired outcomes.” A better approach – if earning more money is you goal – is to say “I’m going to contact X new people every day this year” because that is something you can do for certain.