Tips for more laughter in your life

  1. Practice laughing 5 min/day. Fake it till you make it.
  2. Look for humor around you--on signs, in people's behavior, on TV, in the newspaper, the things others say, the crazy things that happen to you.--Keep a journal.
  3. Share your embarrassing moments with other people.
  4. Learn to play with things that are serious like work, social issues, money, etc. For example, use word play, silly songs, or develop a comical view of the issue to help you laugh and cope.
  5. Laugh with other people when they laugh.
  6. Wear a smile. It puts you closer to laughing.
  7. Seek out entertainment which makes you laugh.
  8. Amuse yourself with your own sense of humor.
  9. Buy and listen daily to a tape of laughter, a laugh box, or a laughing toy.
  10. Buy mindless toys that make you laugh.
  11. Wear hats that make you laugh.
  12. Cultivate your innate playfulness.
  13. Be creative with fun.
  14. Make sure you have fun.
  15. Give yourself permission to laugh at anything you need to.
  16. Do at least one silly, non-conforming thing a day.

© Enda Junkins, LCSW, LMFT, BCD

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Common questions about laughter

Why should I consider laughing when I feel so bad?

Because we laugh when we are hurt and laughter heals. The laughter was yours for the taking at birth. You used it then, and you can again. It's simply a matter of opening oneself to the healing powers of one's own body to assist in dealing with our painful emotions. We have to feel our emotions in order to heal. Our thoughts then assist our understanding. We need to feel as well as think in order to regain our balance so we can cope.

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Enda Junkins, LCSW, LMFT, BCD
PO Box 684, Ouray, CO 81427
Telephone: 970.325-0050
ejunkins@laughtertherapy.com