5 Ways to Laugh More

One supreme pleasure in life is laughter. No matter your age, wealth, or lifestyle, things are good and life is healthier when laughter is frequent. Here are a few ways to get more healthy laughter into your life.

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Surround Yourself With Humorous People

A friend or relative whom you can phone just to tell a funny story to is important. And it’s helpful if that person likes to do the same. This way, no matter what kind of day you’ve had, you know there is one definite way to crack a smile.

Remember Your Most Embarrassing Moments

Once you recall an embarrassing moment, find some humour in it. Now practice telling stories describing these events in a funny way. It might take a little exaggeration or dramatization, but that’s what good storytelling is about. By revealing your vulnerable moments, and being self-deprecating, you open yourself up much more to the more humorous aspects of life.

Look Through Old Photos

Old family photos can sometimes bring back wonderful memories. For a real pick-me-up, write down funny captions or one-liners to go with your favourite pictures.

Have a Giggling Session

Spend 15 minutes a day just laughing. Here’s how you do it: you and one or more people (child, partner, friend, etc.) lie on the floor with your head on someone’s stomach and his or head on another person’s stomach and so on (the more people the better). The first person says, ‘Ha’. The next person says, ‘Ha-ha’. The third person says, ‘Ha-ha-ha’. And so on. You’ll all be laughing in no time.

Develop a Silly Routine

T break a dark mood, turn to a silly routine like speaking with a comic voice or doing a funny dance.

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