Are you laughing enough?
Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE kids. If you don’t love kids, please don’t stop reading as this is NOT a gush fest about kiddos, but rather a reminder of how we should perhaps live our lives.
Did you know that the average 4-year-old laughs about 300 times a day and the average 40 year old only 4? That’s pretty sad people! Laughter and joy are natural for kids. Children LIVE in the moment and find happiness in the little things—a ladybug crawling on their hand, a dog whose tail is wagging at warp speed, a funny face an adult makes, the wind on their face! Laughter often ensues.
But somewhere along the way of growing into “mature” humans, we start pushing down that child-like wonder and appreciation of the magic around us. I know we have pressure at work and home, bills to pay, and important “adult rolls” to play, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to see the world around us through the eyes of a child. One of the coolest things in the world is to see a child’s face when he or she experiences something for the first time. What would happen if we tried to be a more open, appreciative, and excited about the awesomeness around us? What if we tried to go through our day as if we were experiencing things for the first time? It could be as simple as appreciating how amazing your food looks (I’m a bit of “ooh and awe” person myself), or noticing how cute and funny squirrels look when they eat a nut. That was random, but boy it makes me laugh every time I see those little squirrel hands work.
PLUS, laughter is AWESOME for your health! Research shows that laughter reduces levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, and dopamine and increases health-enhancing hormones (such as endorphins), neurotransmitters, and infection-fighting antibodies. We know the importance of laughter at DMF which is why we ALWAYS try to include a song that or dance move that will make you giggle. It’s science people! We need it!
So this week, DMF challenges you to increase your laugh quota and try to find more joy in the little things. You can start by watching this adorable laughing baby (Click on link below). You’ve probably seen it before, but watch it again and get those endorphins flowing!
Can’t wait to bust a move with you this week!
Baby Laughing Video