Mindful Monday - Laughter is an Instant Vacation
-Written By- Trisha Sissons
As we get older & more involved in our careers we forget the importance of downright fun. We talk about taking vacations to get away from the daily hustle & bustle but what if instead, you took daily "mini vacations"? You may not believe me when I say that all you have to do is LAUGH! Taking a few minutes out of your day to increase the positive energy flowing through you will do your daily happiness wonders. Laughing has proven health benefits such as relieve stress & pain, decrease inflammation, stimulate organs & more.
Smiling and laughing have not only proven health benefits for your own mind & body but also bring you closer as a team in a work environment. Laughing together brings a morale to a team that simply working together side by side cannot do. As they say, laugh and the world laughs with you.
How to add some laughter to your days?
-Start the day off with a light read, whether it be an article or a book, starting your day off with some positivity will not only bring happiness to your day but will also give you light & laughter to share with others. I enjoy starting my drive to work with a funny podcast, it makes my work commute much more fun!
-Take a minute to watch a funny video if you're feeling down! Everyone knows that a cute animal talking like a human is always sure to give you a good laugh.
-Tell jokes & fun stories with coworkers! Sharing your laughter is the best part of all of this! In the past I have been known to read joke books to share my one liners with others, corny but so much fun!
What to Remember
The average adult laughs about 17 times a day. This may seem like a decent amount but keep in mind that a 3 year old will laugh about 300 times a day. Encourage your inner child to take over every now & then and let your laughs out! Also remember to share your laughs with friends & coworkers, because what is happiness if it's not being shared with others?