Remember to laugh often  – even if it’s at yourself!

Remember to laugh often – even if it’s at yourself!

It’s really great (and beneficial) to laugh often, especially at ourselves.  It keeps things fresh and fun and helps us to “lighten up”.  There are always challenges, obstacles and set-backs in life, but doing our best to find some humour in our day is most certainly a cost-effective coping technique!  In fact, laughter has been proven to reduce stress, depression, anger, anxiety, improve circulatory & cardiovascular health, boost the immune system, improve digestion, alleviate pain, relax muscles and one good belly laugh burns off 3.5 calories!!!

Children laugh approximately 400 times a day; adults laugh 15; somewhere along the journey we have lost 385 laughs a day.

Last week I launched my first t-shirt design in the “Share good – Feel good” campaign.  I was so excited that I told a few people I was going to do cartwheels.  I put on my magical shirt which makes a person want to do all sorts of  “good and fun” things and headed outside.

 

Our youngest daughter was visiting us so she put a shirt on as well and we got geared up for our performance.  It was surprisingly mild outside despite the snow, about -5 degrees celcius (and yes, we typically do wear coats in this weather)!

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Now here’s the thing…….It’s been a while since I have done a cartwheel.  My daughter of course, completed hers with the ease of a pro and made it appear to be something I could pull off.  However, I was a bit nervous of toppling over on our driveway so I opted to “give it a go” in the deeper snow for “cushioning”.  Let me explain the picture where it appears as though I am diving face first into the snow……I AM!  UGH.  I took a run and once my hands met the ground, I realized that the snow was deeper than I anticipated.  Oh oh…..this is not going to work at all.  I was temporarily suspended in the most awkward position much to the laughter (and confusion) of my daughter.  I can honestly tell you that these goofy pictures brought on hysterical outbursts of laughter afterwards.  I think they’re funny too and I hope they bring you some joy (or maybe you’ll just question my choice of “fun”).

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I did finally give my skills a chance on firmer ground and as you see the first attempt there is not “pretty” either.  Aaaaand of course, my daughter performs another “10”.  However, after much flailing around, I did finally make it up and over.  WOOOHOOO.  Now, that called for a celebratory “joy jump”!!

 

So here’s to fun and good and silly and laughing (even if it’s at ourselves).  Let’s get back some of those 385 laughs a day we have lost my friends.

 

Together in the journey,

Caron