This chapter of my book deals with the amount of laughter and joy in one's life. Read through it and then take the L.Q. Test to find out where you stand and if you need to get more humour into your life!
Do you recognise any of these statements? Have you heard these words? Have you ever used these words?
"Life isn't meant to be all fun and games."
Life is not all fun and games; but it isn't all fear and suffering either. Life is made up of crises and opportunities. When we accept life with dignity and hope, we are better able to get through difficulties and return to joy.
I am not surprised that we sometimes have a hard time to get even 12 laughs in a day. Life is hard when we are running with one foot stuck.
Yes, life is hard and we all suffer, but we do not have to let it defeat us. We can choose to explore the paths, get a map and continue the journey.
Many bad things will happen over a lifetime and many paths will be blocked. The quality of the life we have is determined by the way we manage the barriers and the possibilities.
Each of us is unique and each of us is capable of choosing our paths. We have the task of responding to the hurdles and roadblocks. We create our own journey.
We can learn from others, but we must each travel our own road. We can help each other along the way, but the journey is ours. If we know ourselves and know what kind of world we live in, we are better able to create joy and choose healthy paths. When we wander from the paths, we lose sight of our essential selves and lose touch with the reality of the world around us.
When something bad happens, we must stop running long enough to hear the messages coming from inside and outside of ourselves. These messages usually tell us we are lost and need to get back on our own path.
Life is a journey. We can focus on the barriers or we can focus on the open road. The open road is better.
The journey of life is not that different from other trips we have taken. When we go on a long trip we make a plan, take a map, a means of transportation, some food , some clothes and something to pass the time.
On this journey we want to take certain things to help us on our way:
Laughter enhances every part of the journey. A laughter first aid kit is a must for all weary travellers!
A sense of humour helps us through the rough spots and makes the good spots even better. The ability to laugh is a sign that we are on our path and that we are living healthy lives.
Healthy humour is a symptom of physical, emotional and psychological well being. Laughter eases fear, reduces stress and brings greater self awareness. It brings people together and enriches all aspects of life.
Humour is everywhere. Look for it. Create it. Spread it around. Set a goal to laugh at least 100 times a day. Laughter helps us to get that foot out of the past. It helps us to get over the hurdles and the barriers. It helps us transcend crises and create opportunities.
Want an opportunity to test your ability to laugh at life. Take the L.Q. Test now!
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