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

How can I laugh at things that hurt?

Sadly for many people this question prevents them from using the healing power of laughter to deal with the pain. Many of us are unaware that we laugh because we hurt. Abandoning our laughter because of overwhelming pain simply keeps us feeling victimized. Tapping into laughter as nature meant for us to do restores our personal power so we no longer feel like victims. We are able to cope with our pain.

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