Why so serious? – Our world needs more joy and laughter. Michelle A. Major
Our world needs more joy and laughter. As Abraham says: “Life’s supposed to be fun!” Yet, somehow, when we become adults, we often lose the sense of playfulness we once enjoyed as children. All too often, this is replaced with a sense of seriousness caused by the daily stresses of life. Statistics show that, as children, we laugh between 300-400 times per day, on average. When we become adults, our laughter may decrease to just 10 times per day.
How can we cultivate the same playfulness we once enjoyed as children? It’s a question I asked myself a number of years ago when I was going through some challenging times. I wanted to feel “normal” again, never mind laugh again. So, when a friend suggested I go to a Laughter Workshop, I was intrigued, though slightly apprehensive. I wanted to feel better again, so I opened my mind to the possibility and gave this laughter malarkey a chance.
For the next hour, I laughed unconditionally for absolutely no reason. My problems didn’t disappear, but suddenly my mind seemed to forget about them. My inner chatterbox became quiet. I was present. I was in the moment. I felt amazing!
When we laugh, we release happy hormones called endorphins, which make us feel really good, promote confidence, and act as a natural painkiller. Laughing for just 15 minutes is the equivalent of 2-hours sleep!
Laughter Therapy/Laughter Yoga is an excellent way of connecting with our inner-child.