Category Archives: Laughter

Fake It

by Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN (originally published November 18, 2014)

I’ve never met a person who didn’t have their days feeling low or down. Sometimes it’s for a very good reason, like a rainy week spoiling your vacation at the beach. Sometimes it’s for no obvious or evident reason at all. And sometimes your down day provides a temporary pause or time-out that you’re sorely needing.

If your blues are getting you down enough so that you’ve decided you want to take action, here are a couple of ideas that might help.

You could do a needs inventory. On a scale of 1 – 10, where 1 is the low level and 10 complete satisfaction, how are you doing meeting your needs today?

safety:     1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
love:        1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
power:     1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
fun:          1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
freedom:  1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

laughingdogWith this information can you plan to do something now, or at the latest tomorrow, to increase your satisfaction for the need with the lowest number?

Or you could just start laughing! Go ahead, try it. Did you know that if you fake laugh long enough, you’ll actually start to authentically laugh really hard?

That’s right, you can fake it until you make it just by laughing, laughing, laughing! If you’re skeptical, try it out now. Or if you just want to give a boost to your present Mental Health & Happiness start laughing now!

And if you discover you enjoy this, not only can you start laughing at any time for no good reason, you could sign up for a Laughing Yoga class in your neighborhood. No kidding, there is an official yoga class and laughter clubs developed by physician Madan Kateria from Mumbai, India. You can start laughing now with a room full of strangers. Together you all start with fake laughter until you are all laughing really hard and joyfully together. At the same time you will be  improving your Mental Health &  Happiness for sure.

Lighten Up

By Nancy S Buck and Kim Olver

Have you ever noticed how many opportunities there are in life to laugh? If you’re willing you can discover even more chances to lighten up and laugh at yourself. If you’re willing to get curious and investigate you may just discover something every day  that is laugh-worthy.

Have you ever driven away from a gas pump with the hose still in your car? I have. Have you ever fallen on the ground for no good reason? I have, multiple times! Have you ever gone somewhere wearing totally the wrong clothes? I have. My list goes on and on. I recently broke both my ankles in a hot air balloon accident and do you know, I didnt have a leg to stand on? Ha! Ha! Ha!

laughingdogPerhaps those things don’t tickle your funny bone but if you look you just might find your own moments to help you lighten up and laugh.

While in the back yard at my son’s house one of his dogs chased a squirrel up a tree. The poor pooch hung out for a long time barking and carrying on. In the meantime the squirrel had jumped into another tree, and then another finding his escape route. There was the dog barking up the wrong tree! Ha! Ha! Ha!

There was another incident with my other son when we went to a bank together. While my son went up to the teller to do his business I hung back. There I spied a blind man being led into the bank by another blind man. I was incredulous. I was witnessing the blind leading the blind! Ha! Ha! Ha!

When things happen in your life, you have a choice. You can take yourself seriously or you can laugh your way through it. Which way do you think will contribute to your Mental Health & Happiness?

Rather than laughing at others you can always find a way to laugh at yourself and at life’s circumstance. You can laugh in embarrassing situations. You can laugh in tragic situations. You can laugh in funny situations.

You can laugh instead of choosing anger. You can laugh when you are sad. You can laugh when you are surprised. You can laugh when you make a deep, or great, or superficial discovery.

See if you can find the genuine humor or way to lighten up your situation. You shouldn’t have to look too far to find it. And if discovering the humor or way to lighten life up has never been one of your strengths or gifts, cultivate a friendship with a person who has this gift. Watch and listen so you can learn how.

You can do a quiet chuckle to yourself, a full out belly laugh or anything in between. See if finding the humor doesn’t improve your Mental Health & Happiness!