When was the last time you had a good belly laugh?
When did you laugh so hard you had tears rolling down your face?
Not laughing enough? Here are my tips on how to laugh more.
Hang out with people who make you laugh
Certain people make us laugh. They either know us well enough to understand what makes us chuckle or they appeal to our sense of humor. Perhaps their sense of humor makes us more funny ourselves!
Regardless of the reason we often laugh in their company. These are definitely people we should be spending more time with.
Know your own sense of humor
I was going to write you should have a sense of humor but I think most of us do anyway.
The trick however is in knowing what types of things you find funny. People have difference senses of humor.
I am the first to admit I have a bit of an odd sense of humor.
I’ll give you an example of something that happened to me recently. One of my friends noticed that at a recent dinner with friends I didn’t laugh (or at least not that much) at particular jokes or pranks.
For starters I’m not a fan of pranks. Mostly I don’t find them funny. To me they border on childish and sometimes just plain mean. I’m not a fan of mean when it comes to comedy. Again just my preference.
It’s not a matter of anyone being right or wrong it’s about what sort of comedy floats your boat.
Once you know what you like you can then focus on getting more laughs in your life through what you know will entertain you.
You can also avoid really bad movies and sitcoms that make you cringe more than laugh.
Granted a smile isn’t the same thing as a belly laugh but yeah the way I figure it – it’s a much easier jump from smile to belly laugh than frown to belly laugh. Smile more.
Try it out for size and see what happens. Report back and let me know how you went!
Related post – How to Smile More
Children laugh a lot more adults.
If you have kids play with them more instead of sending off to play amongst themselves.
Don’t play with them from a distance, get down on the floor or up a tree or wherever they are playing and get fully immersed in what they are doing, including laughing.
You don’t have to have children in your life to be childlike. Put music on and dance around your kitchen. Blow bubbles. Sing at the top of your lungs to your favorite song (without caring what you sound like). Be silly and don’t care what anyone else thinks.
Do fun stuff
This one is a no-brainer. If you want to laugh more – have more fun!
When I was growing up life was often about chores. Cleaning the house, getting the ironing done, vacuuming etc.
Whilst I realize chores need to get done at some point, you need to have fun as well.
If life is all about chores, responsibility and paying bills it means you are not having enough fun. The great news is you can change that!
Related post – Are You Having Enough Fun?
Spend less time with negative people
You don’t see complainers, whiners and negative people laughing all that much. They’re much more interested in the misery of things.
If you can, avoid these people and make sure you are not being one yourself! Gravitate towards the people who are laughing instead.
Related post – How to Deal with Negative People
Keep worry under control
It is hard to laugh when you are worrying yourself sick. As a worrier, I know this from first hand experience.
Try my worry management strategy for the small stuff (remember a lot of it is small stuff).
My strategy – procrastination. I figure it has to be good for something and it is. For the stuff that I know doesn’t matter, I say to myself ‘I will worry about that tomorrow’. The next day if the subject comes up I say the same thing. Often when it’s not important, I forget about it totally.
Related post – How to Worry Less
Don’t take yourself so seriously
Lord knows life gets serious enough without our help. Until that happens, try not to take yourself too seriously.
Laugh at yourself (in a caring way naturally – no being mean-spirited to yourself or others).
Lighten up. Relax.
I think we could all do with more laughter in our lives (me included).
What makes you laugh? How can you get more laughter in your life?
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