When I was a teenager my older sister went to a boarding school. She would come home for Springbreak, Christmas, and summer.On her first day home, we would lay on our beds – one beside the other – on our tummy’s with our heads positioned over our pillows. Looking at each other we would force ourselves to laugh. In the beginning it was an effort, but soon the silliness and carefree abandon would take over and our laughs would become genuine…turning into breathless, gut-wrenching hysteria. Our pillows served as our shields, muffling the sounds of our laughter as it grew to incredible volumes.
This remains one of my favorite memories from my childhood.
Fast forward a few decades and I am now a mother with my own little kids (my how time flies). My children had a PD day today.They spent the majority of the day making up games, dressing up and making their faces up with silly make-up. They video taped each skit and routine. They would then watch the video back, together, three little sets of eyes crowded around the small Flip camera held in their hand, laughing hysterically as they replayed the video over and over again.
I can think of no better sound to fill my house than the sound of laughter. It can lift a sour mood and has even been reported to help heal cancer. That’s powerful stuff!
If pharmaceutical companies could learn how to bottle laughter, they would earn a fortune. But it can’t be grown in any factory, like all of the best things in life, it is entirely self-made.
Laughter is free, it’s fun, and it feels really good – it truly is the best medicine going – no prescription necessary.
Lesson #28 in my 30 days of learning is to laugh hard and laugh often!
If you don’t feel up to it, grab a pillow (as your sound barrier to laugh into) lay on your bed and just start to force a small laugh, then work your way up to a bigger one. Soon enough you’ll find yourself in the midst of genuine, gut-wrenching laughter, overcome with peace and a fabulous feeling of good-health. Go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose!
Never forget one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!
Inspired friend xo
Founder, I Believe She’s Amazing campaign