“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” – Victor Hugo
Maybe it was the sunshine, the feeling that spring was in the air, or the people around me this past weekend that brought the giddiness on, but as I write this, my cheeks hurt from laughing, and I want to pass the feeling on.
Sometimes when life takes over and things become “serious,” I forget how much I love to laugh. And when I say laugh, I mean those belly laughs that just take over and bring you into a moment, no matter how brief, of intense joy.
The great thing about laughter is that even on a bad day, you can trick yourself into it. I once attended a yoga class that ended with a session of laughing yoga. We all lay down with our heads in a circle and were told to just start laughing. I felt ridiculous at first – fake laughing? How awkward. But after a few moments, I found myself genuinely cracking up. Soon, the entire class was in hysterics, seemingly over nothing. The positive energy was tangible, and I left all smiles.
When’s the last time you got in touch with your silly self? Find a way to share a giggle or two this week. Your overworked mind will thank you.
Brown eyes closed, nose crinkled,
A single tear
Down a rosy cheek.
It is unnoticed in the commotion.
Abs contract, beg for release,
the pleas are ignored.
for the sharing.
A moment of honesty, truth
in a bitter world.”
Song of the week: “Sprawl II” – Hey Ocean! (Arcade Fire cover)