This last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing Yoga Retreat held at the Mountain Air Retreat Center in Malta, Idaho by a talented and gifted friend and Yoga teacher, Rayette Barendregt and another amazing, inspirational, and trusted friend, Marnae Hobson. I invite you to take time to check out the other awesome and transformative retreats and trainings held at Mountain Air Retreats. Visit the website by CLICKING HERE.
Saturday morning I woke up pretty early and was enjoying a moment of reflection and meditation when the beautiful laughter of women from the room above mine filled the air. It was the joyous, merry and cheerful giggling kind of laughter that delights the soul and I marveled that I was so blessed to be awake to witness this moment. I thought back to the time when as children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, just like my dear granddaughters do, but now as adult women, we have become more serious and our laughter is much more infrequent. So to now be hearing the beautiful peals of laughter and giggling coming from the room above me, caused me to smile and just enjoy the moment while leaving me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
As I laid in bed I pondered, “How would life be different if we were to allow more laughter in it?
So I did what many of us do when we wonder about something…I googled it! Articles spoke of research projects confirming that laughter boosts our mood, strengthens our immune system, can protect us from the damaging effects of stress, and can even diminish pain. Laughter relieves tension and relaxes our muscles for up to 45 minutes after. It triggers the release of endorphins from the brain which promotes an overall sense of well-being. Laughter can bring balance back to the mind and body, inspires hope, lightens burdens, and keeps you grounded and focused.
Surprised? Perhaps you already knew about some of this, but knowing this, why don’t we laugh more?
Is it because we were told too many times when we were young to quit acting so silly and settle down? Or is it because growing up meant being serious? Or has life become so hard and difficult that we can find no laughter in us?
What if we were to make a different choice? What if we were to consciously create more laughter in our lives?
Here are some ways that I have brought more laughter into my life:
I have found that as I have become more cheerful and fun, I have attracted more playful and fun people into my life. Laughter draws you closer to others, just as I experienced while at this retreat. Sharing laughter and humor is one of the most effective tools we can use to keep relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing can create strong bonds, but the sharing of laughter adds vitality, joy, and resilience to those relationships. Playful communications will strengthen your relationships and allows you to be more spontaneous, authentic, express your true feelings and let go of negative emotions such as resentments, criticism, and judgements. Laughter assists to unite people during difficult time.
But by seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness and even add years to your life. It’s fun, free, and easy!
I’d love to hear about your stories and experiences.