“I know a little suffering is good for the soul, but somebody must be trying to make a saint out of me!” If you feel like this statement describes the story of your life, I want to encourage you to lighten up. Find reasons to laugh. No matter what you are going through right now, a little silliness and laughter will keep you balanced. Humor and laughter are good medicine for achy hearts, and sad faces. Take a break from the seriousness for a while, it will do you good!
I love this quote: “There is a direct correlation between the level of happiness in one’s life and the amount of silliness they allow into it. I know. I’ve done studies.” - curlygirl
I want to challenge you to do a study too. Try setting your problems aside for the day and make a decision to find reasons to laugh. Do silly things and have fun. For those of you who will be spending at least 8 hours at your workplace, this is still possible to pull off. You just have to be creative. Look for things to add to your humor file. If you don’t have a humor file, then start gathering items throughout the day and create one for future use. During your lunch break, instead of complaining about the boss or the customers, invite a positive person to join you for lunch, and make sure ice cream is part of your meal.
I like what Rokelle Lerner has to say about this in Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul, “Days come and go and the beauty of life is lost when I wander through moments unconsciously. To fully experience life I remind myself of what gave me pleasure as a small child. Sniffing oranges as I peeled the skin. Rolling a caramel around in my mouth. Feeling the swooping thrill as I swished down a slide. Playing with bubbles in a soapy bath. The curiosity and creativity I possessed as a child is still inside of me. All I need to do is remember that my ability to recapture it is there for the taking. I can dance, write, play or listen and in doing so I awaken my senses to celebrate the creative wonderful parts that I possess.”
Some pursue happiness, others create it.
There is no better way to spend a day than in good company. To slow down and take a little leisure is the happiest method of living. If today is packed full of busyness, then why not block a day in the near future for nothing but silliness and fun? While you’re at it, why not inspire others to do it too?
It’s better to forget and smile than to remember and be upset.
The sound of laughter is God’s hand upon a troubled world.
Count your friends as timeless treasures that grow more beautiful each day.