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

What if I don't feel like laughing?

You may need to cry which is equally healing. Tears are the healing not the pain. You may need to have a "tantrum" which is also healing. Watch the little children. They use their natural healing processes with masterful ease. They care for their pain with laughter, crying, and rage without wondering if it's okay or which process is best. They follow their emotions.

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