Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Laugh Your Way to Health & Happiness!

You want to know something funny? Recently I was getting criticized for laughing too much! Isn’t that a hoot?

The thought that someone can laugh too much or smile too much is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while. To make sure I wasn’t in danger of anything except feelings of happiness, I decided to bring in some laughter experts to my radio show on Advice Radio.

As a happiness expert, I have to laugh and smile because those are two essential ingredients for sustainable happiness. Lately I’ve been laughing and smiling for no reason at all – just forcing out a chuckle whenever I felt like chuckling or smiling whenever I felt like smiling – and I’m happier because of it.

I’ve found that a lot of people are attached to the idea that there must be something to laugh at or about in order for laughter to be socially acceptable. I don’t agree, and I’m not alone. With laughter clubs, laughter yoga and laughter therapy, more and more people are discovering that a good laugh doesn’t need a good punch line to come first. 
The benefits of laughter are so remarkable that people skip the jokes and go right to the laughter!

If you are feeling resistance to the idea of laughing just for the sake of laughing and you really need something to laugh at, laugh at yourself. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can?

Try conducting your own research study on happiness. Laugh at least 20 times a day for 5 days in a row and see if you feel happier. It’ll be the funniest thing you’ll do all week!

Still not convinced? Check out the recently published article on entitled "Laughter is the Best Medicine". Yes, not only will laughter and humor help you feel happier, it will also move you towards better health. It is strong medicine, especially if you share the laughter with others!

So go on, don't take yourself so seriously :). Make the decision to bring more humor and laughter into your life -- it is your birthright!

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Dr. Aymee Coget, a widely-known happiness expert, has more than 15 years of experience in positive psychology. Through the Happiness Makeover™, a program developed by Coget, she teaches people how to achieve happiness and handle life's challenges. She also serves as CEO and founder of the American Happiness Association, a science-backed nonprofit designed to educate individuals and organizations about how to be happier, and was nominated for CNN Hero of the Year in 2011.

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