“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” – Yiddish Proverb
Every October, my husband and I host a Halloween party for our neighborhood. This event has turned into a tradition for us and our friends. It is maybe, with rare exception, the one night every year when everyone cuts loose, dresses in silly costumes and reverts to their younger juvenile self. This provides us funny stories to recount all year, and gives comic relief to an otherwise over-stressed life filled with demanding jobs, raising teens, caring for aged parents, etc.
The fun and laughter we had at the party this year made me realize how parents of struggling kids can stop having fun, being silly, joking around, and seeing the humor in the every day occurrence. The worry, guilt, pressure, and constant stress really take a toll on us, and then ‘out the window’ goes that very real healing quality that laughter can bring.
We all know that laughter feels downright good, and there is plenty of evidence out there citing proof that the benefits are truly real. I found a great article on this very thing on WebMD, and I was surprised to even find a not-for-profit organization called LaughterHeals.org dedicated to promoting healing through laughter.
Have you forgone your fun lately in lieu of more stress and worry? When is the last time you did or said something ridiculous and then laughed till you cried about it? Maybe it is time for some gut busting laughter and a good old-fashioned fun time. I promise, the issues that may be sapping your life void of fun right now will be there when you return from your humor break!
What did you used to do that brought you the benefits of lots of joy and laughter? And how can you get some of that back now?
Let me know – I want to hear about it in the comments below!
Leslie Ferris is a Certified and Credentialed Life Coach
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