My friend shared a fact with me the other day that has been on my mind since. Apparently, children laugh upwards of 300 times a day while adults laugh around 15 times per day. WHAT? If this is the case, I want to stay a kid forever. Laughing is one of my favorite pastimes and I would never want to give that up to the looming “adulthood.”
But what if laughing didn’t have to stop when you hit reality? What if you could be one of the exceptions to this startling statistic?
Others have recognized the benefits of laughter and are trying to reclaim it in their busy, stressful lives. Laughter clubs, or laughter yoga clubs, are popping up all over the world. This program was founded by Dr. Madan Kataria in 1995. The intent is to increase peoples’ qualities of life through the benefits of laughing.
And contrary to popular belief folks, you don’t need a reason to laugh your head off. In A Whole New Mind, written by Daniel Pink, “Kataria points out that children don’t really grasp humor early in their life, yet they laugh from the time they are infants.” (203) Try it. Feel silly. It’s OK! Once you fake a laugh, it’s nearly impossible to keep the laugh from becoming genuine.
What makes you laugh? What makes you smile? Whatever your answer is, do it. Everyday! Your perspective on everything will be brighter and everyone around you will notice a good light in you.
Yes, that was a shameless plug for one of my favorite bands. Couldn’t help myself.
Surround yourself with friends that make you laugh. If you can’t do that, then make your dull friends laugh. They’ll appreciate it in the long run.
Another beautiful thing about laughter is its diversity. Laughs are unique and distinct. And everyone laughing together creates a symphony that is unmatched.
Everybody’s doing it. Why not join in?
“Laughter is the only thing that’ll keep you sane
in this world that’s crying more and more everyday.”
(Live Forever, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors)