The following ideas will only make sense to you if you understand that laughter can be simulated and the outcome of a choice rather than a response to an external stimuli. The impact of that awareness is significant, because it means that how you feel or what you think at any given point in time do not matter. You can always choose to laugh. The physical benefits of laughter are linked to its duration and intensity, not to what motivates you to laugh. Read more.
- Become a smile millionaire. The more genuine smiles you’ll give, the more you will receive. It is said that the highest form of laughter is the Buddha smile, denoting an inner attitude of detachment “in the world, but not of the world.” Read more.
- Conditional training. Laugh every time you take a shower, or open the door of your car, fridge, bedroom…
- Laugh in public spaces. It may help you not to make eye contact with anybody around you, and find a socially acceptable way to do it. This could be reading a book, or putting a headset on your head, or a cellphone to your ear.
- Laugh in the bathroom or your car.
- Laugh when you wake up! Bring your hands to you as you inhale and create tension in the lungs, then laugh as you exhale.
- Laugh while doing things you don’t like doing. It will help protect you from developing a negative mood.
- Liberated laughter. Stand in front of a mirror and look seriously at your face. Then, begin to practice different smiles. After smiling, begin to practice different laughs. Pretend you are an actor and need to laugh for a part you are playing.
- Sing and laugh. Sing in “Ha Has” instead of words, and use “Hey!” to punctuate each line. (See http://lou.pm/sing.)
- The Ha-Ha-Ha mantra. Voice out loud something that is frustrating or painful in your life, and punctuate each sentence with “Ha-Ha-Ha”. (See http://lou.pm/hahamantra.)
- Why not laugh when you walk? You can do this mouth open or closed.
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