by Bill Gracey
Today is Global Belly Laugh Day. At 1:24 p.m. on January 24th (1/24) you can stop and have a good deep belly laugh. Laughing is good for you. It lightens even the most solemn moods and can even help lower your blood pressure.
With today’s pressures, many of us find it hard to have the lighthearted spirit needed for a really deep belly laugh. You know, the kind that has you gasping for air and clutching your stomach as you loud ha-ha-ha’s fill the room – or even the entire house.
Make the decision to find time for laughter. That’s why silly holidays like these can be so important. Today I was not feeling like laughing, especially at work. But I saw this holiday listed on my calendar and checked out the web site. As I scrolled down and saw the video for “Can’t stop laughing” I stopped and watched it.
When the best man lost his pants at the wedding, I couldn’t help but giggle. When the groom continued snickering, I began to laugh a little more, but when the groom, his bride and the crowd all started chuckling, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Of course I shared the video with my coworkers and we all started laughing. One giggle led to another, and then another, and soon we were all having a great time. This is the magic of laughter.
If you make time to visit funny web sites, read humorous emails, watch sitcoms, or any other activity that strikes your funny bone, you’ll feel better. It will invigorate your mind and body. Suddenly you don’t feel quite so tired anymore.
One of my favorite activities is watching children. It can be in the grocery store, at home, or even on TV. Ever see a child in a shopping cart making faces at people as their mother shops? Or a 5 year old making clucking sounds to the delight of his baby sister? Children are full of the enthusiasm that laughter brings.
Here are a few ideas:
- Read the funnies – newspapers comics are still a great source of laughter
- Play with a puppy
- Read a great bit of Giggle Poetry
- Smile at everyone you see
- People watch at your local mall – guaranteed to find you something funny
- Visit You Tube
- Have a Tickle Fight
- Have a Laughter Yoga session and “fake it until you make it”
Have a great Global Belly Laugh day, and discover the magic of laughter for yourself.