Thank you to all who missed me last week. I was not physically able to write about this topic then. And as always I use my own advice so I’m laughing now. Laughing at limitation, illness, insanity, cruelty, hypocrisy, my own daily trials. That’s right. I laugh at all of it. It has no real power over me. I decide what kind of life I’m going to live by what I value and what thoughts I choose to entertain.
We’ve had this discussion before so this is a refresher. Our thoughts are critical to the quality of life we live and to aging gracefully. Today I want to talk about another aspect of this that we often forget. Many of us are aware of the fact that our thoughts can change how we physically feel. You think about a lost love and suddenly you feel sad. You think about someone who did you wrong and suddenly you’re angry. This happens all day long but what about the other side of that coin?
Did you know that you can use your body to change your thoughts? Just get up and go for a brisk walk or go to the gym for a cardio workout. You will find your thoughts tending more toward health and wellness. After a great workout, you don’t go down a bottle of scotch. You want some clean refreshing water. That’s one of the positive effects of physical activity.
One of the best ways to change your thoughts is to laugh. The physical activity of laughing changes the chemistry in your body sending more oxygen into your system. A good belly laugh makes you feel lighter, freer and happy. Oxygen is energy to the human body. We breathe it in for life. When we laugh we take in big gulps of oxygen and you can actually see the immediate effects in our countenance, our skin perks up, there’s more light in our eyes, we come alive!
When you’re laughing in the moment, there is no past. There is no future. There is only now and you’re completely engulfed in it. You could have been crying just before but now you’re in a completely different space. Believe me there is so much to laugh about. If you only realized your own innate power, you would laugh uncontrollably at the world and all its insanity. When people are laughing with each other, they are much less likely to kill each other. When people are laughing with each other, they are much less likely to say or do something cruel and inhuman to each other. When people are laughing with each other, they feel the human connection. When people are laughing with each other, they have more compassion for themselves and the other person. When people are laughing with each other, there is a space to recognize love.
You may say, ‘Well I don’t have anything to laugh at right now. My life is really a mess.’ Really? That’s when you laugh the hardest. You laugh at yourself for accepting such a low state of affairs. You laugh at any people who are trying to beat you down. Aren’t they ridiculous? You are an eternal soul that they will never be able to destroy. You must laugh at that and bring yourself up from the depths of despair. What if your life is empty and boring? Laugh at that. Laugh at all the decisions you make every day that ensure you will continue down that path to emptiness and boredom. Start laughing at the complete insanity of wandering through life without taking control. If you’re bored, start thinking about other people and how you might help them.
Laugh long and hard. Laugh until the tears flow. My grandma used to laugh so hard that her belly giggled. I laugh just thinking about that. She lived a long fruitful life. Laughing is one of the prime keys to graceful aging. You should try it today. For more on wellness and graceful aging, visit me at JaniceWoody.com and here’s to your Lifetime Health!