Ten Commandments of Laughter

Why Laughter Is So Good for You — and How to Do It More | Everyday Health
  1. Thou shalt laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Lighten up. Be willing to laugh at yourself. Don’t complain, lament or bemoan your situation when you can laugh at it instead.
  2. Thou shalt laugh as often as you want. Bring humor into conversations and situations whether you are feeling happy, sad, angry or frustrated.
  3. Thou shalt develop your own sense of humor.  Take responsibility for getting the laughs you want: watch a comedy show, participate in fun hobbies, laughter yoga class or online videos, watch funny movies or shows, read comics and so forth. It is in your hands. Do what you must to get the laughs you need.
  4. Thou shalt study children for a playful attitude. Observe and play with children. They can play and giggle at the simplest things without effort. Pets are great sources of laughter as well.
  5. Thou shalt be mindful of context. Be discerning about where you are laughing. Context is everything; be mindful of the cultural situations in which you are planning to laugh. Uninvited laughter is not appropriate at a funeral or if someone is hurting. Don’t laugh or make jokes at someone else’s expense.
  6. Thou shalt laugh with others. Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone. Move toward laughter when you hear it. Smiling as you draw near prepares your brain to smile and join in the fun. Spend time with happy, playful people or those who make you feel good. Help make someone else laugh. Spread the fun!
  7. Thou shalt laugh a genuine, full-belly laugh, not a shallow laugh. Go all in! The benefits of laughter come primarily from the genuine full-belly laugh.
  8. Thou shalt practice gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for, and studies have shown that those who kept a gratitude journal are more likely to experience physical and emotional well-being, including cardiovascular health and feelings of joy and fulfillment.
  9. Thou shalt manage your stress. Smile. Exercise, eat well, pray, meditate. Take care of yourself and you will be more responsive to laughter.
  10. Thou shalt surround yourself with reminders. Keep laughter in your life by surrounding yourself with humor in the form of funny posters or comical pictures of family, pets and so forth.
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6 Responses to Ten Commandments of Laughter

  1. adguru101 says:

    Great post! Wishing you a happy, healthy, and laugh-filled 2022, Alisa

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thou is doing all of these.

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