Laugh Tips

Stop Worrying About Aging…

“Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.”
-Sonja Henie

Do you have some exquisite pieces of body adornment and more importantly, do you wear them? Too often we have a beautiful necklace or pair of earrings that we are “saving for a special occasion”. I’m here to tell you that moment has arrived. Be-jewel yourself, stop worrying about your age spots, now is special.

What Lights Your Fuse?

“We anoint their fuses with a tiny amount of fire, and they come alive, playing out  their life span in a matter or seconds. In  those few seconds a crack in the universe is opened, giving us a glimpse of the energy locked within all matter.”

-Bob Weaver

What do you need to light your fuse? – Not in an angry, get mad kind of way, but what is locked up inside of you that you need to let loose and share, in all its magnificence, to the world? Let it shine,  let it shine, let it shine!

Are You Smiling?

“If she’s smiling, I know all is right in the world. Her face is the sun in my life.”
Bridget McManus/comedienne

Did you know you could have that effect on others? Ms. McManus made that comment
about someone specific in her life however, we all light up when we see a smiling face. It’s
hard not to and we are drawn to smiles like bears to honey. If we see a frown, we’re not
sure we want to know why and we often avoid someone who looks upset. No matter what’s
going on with us, it sometimes feels like we just can’t take in their misery or troubles. Even
though it might make us feel guilty, we’ll avoid interaction at all cost.

On the other hand, when we see a smile, we want to know more. We’re curious, interested, hopeful, full of anticipation. There’s no bad news lurking behind a smile.

So, when you feel good, share it!

Go Get Your Flirt On

“Flirting is the gentle art of making someone feel pleased with themselves.”
-Helen Rowland

Do you flirt?

I highly recommend it – as the quote says, it really makes people feel happy and good.

If you were to flirt, would you limit it just to men/the opposite sex/someone you might be
interested in?

You can flirt with anyone!

Try it on older men, younger men, babies, children, puppy dogs, the cashier at the grocery
store or dry cleaners, your mechanic, the waiter … the list is endless!

By flirting, you send the message, “Life is good, I feel good, and I want you to feel good, too!”
And, the best part is, even if you don’t feel quite as wonderful as you like to begin with, if
you start flirting, you will definitely feel better … and so will everyone that receives your
gift!

Go get your flirt on!

Bust a Gut!

“Bust a gut.  A little laughter, daily, raises
the number of natural killer cells and
interferon.” – JJ Virgin, Nutritionist

Have you ever not felt good after laughing at
something or with someone? It really does have
beneficial effects that have even been
scientifically proven.  So, what’s stopping you
from laughing today? What can you do about your
laughter deficiency (if you have one)? Contact me
if you’d like a couple of ideas …
Barbara@GetYourLaughBack.com

I’m All Shook Up….

“We must wait for the water to settle; then, it
will be clear. Can you keep still until what is
needed becomes clear?” – Lao Tzu

Picture yourself in a situation that shook you up
either a little or a lot.  It could have been
something very personal, world-wide, or somewhere
in between.  Can you recall how you felt – palms
sweating, stomach churning, a sinking feeling in
the pit of your stomach?  How about your thinking
process?  Jumbled thoughts, half-formed sentences?
Sometimes we need to react quickly to take care of
the immediate problem.  What happens though is
that we continue to react instead of letting the
dust settle and then figuring out the best next
step.  Life is easier, with fewer regrets, less
fence-mending if we can just wait for a little
more clarity.  Everyone benefits and is happier.

Why Aren’t You Always Funny, Barbara?

Q: “Why aren’t the tips for Get Your Laugh
Back always funny?”

A:  Getting your laugh back isn’t so much about
being funny and turning comedian (although, your
inner Rita Rudman-I was going to have cosmetic
surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office
was full of portraits by Picasso/David
Letterman-USA Today has come out with a new
survey. Apparently, three out of every 4 people
make up 75% of the population might emerge from
time to time) – it’s more about feeling good
enough to see the humor (and, maybe even the
irony) in almost anything, even the challenging
stuff.  It’s about treating ourselves in such a
loving, special way that the world around us seems
to improve – and, indeed, it actually does.  And,
it’s so much more … feel free to contact me to
continue this discussion. Q: “Why aren’t the weekly tips for Get Your Laugh
Back always funny?”

A:  Getting your laugh back isn’t so much about
being funny and turning comedian (although, your
inner Rita Rudman-I was going to have cosmetic
surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office
was full of portraits by Picasso/David
Letterman-USA Today has come out with a new
survey. Apparently, three out of every 4 people
make up 75% of the population might emerge from
time to time) – it’s more about feeling good
enough to see the humor (and, maybe even the
irony) in almost anything, even the challenging
stuff.  It’s about treating ourselves in such a
loving, special way that the world around us seems
to improve – and, indeed, it actually does.  And,
it’s so much more … feel free to contact me to
continue this discussion.

Put your brain on an amusement diet…

What are you feeding your brain?  Are you constantly sending it negative distress signals?  This might take the form of continuously going
over something that didn’t go so well for you or repeating something disturbing you heard again and again in your mind.  There is good news — our brain reacts only to what we feed it, so change that tape in your head.  Replace it with a really pleasant memory or create some new, happy thoughts
and experiences.  Put your brain on a healthy diet of amusement.

Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary simplicity – I ran across this term as I
was re-reading some of the books on my shelves.
Something about these two words made me recognize
this is another key to getting your laugh back.
During my “miserable years” (oh, yes – I had several
of those!) I once had a therapist ask me why I chose
to always make things more complicated.  The answer:
I thought it made me and my life more significant.
Ha!  It just made me and those around me crazy! If we
exist, we are significant and it’s really hard to
see the lightness of life when we are weighed
down by self-imposed complexity and superfluous detail.
Solution? Consciously simplify and get off the fast
track.  As you downshift, watch your sense of humor
re-appear when you make the time and space for it.

How do you begin each day?

“If you will begin each day as if it is a grand adventure –not just
something to survive or work to get done, but instead as a grand adventure
–then you become a candidate for insight and revelation.  That happens
when we are focused on this day being an adventure.”  Michael Beckwith

Just think – it might not be so tempting to hit the “snooze” button!

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