Laughter

Have you ever really listened to the laughter of others? I was working at my computer the other night and my neighbors were sitting on their deck visiting with friends. I could hear them laughing really enjoying being together. I stopped working and thought, “what an inviting sound that laughter was.” There’s just something so warm and sweet in the sound of laughter, and then I wondered why we don’t do it more often.

It seems like we get caught up in the battle of life–always wanting to win. But battles are such mindless and stupid little things and they don’t contain laughter and certainly no one really wins. Maybe laughter is what life is all about because it’s so light and infectious and certainly brings joy, and knocks the socks out of pain.

The best laughter of course, is that of children. When their giggles get out of control and turn into full-blown crazy laughter–now that’s pure music, isn’t it? You hear that kind of laughter and think how wonderful to be so free.

Once in a while all of us should give ourselves a break and not be so uptight and hard on our souls. We should throw caution to the wind and learn to laugh at ourselves and all the ups and downs our life holds. The benefits of such naughty behavior would be endless indeed. Maybe the way to have more laughter is to choose our battles more wisely, or not have them at all.

When was the last time you really had a good belly laugh? Go ahead, don’t wait, for it might end up being too late.

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
~ Victor Hugo

Fun

Are you having any fun in your life? I bet not as much as you should. Living can be serious business and because of that, fun has a way of eluding us. When that happens, we can become depressed and life becomes a chore. We lose our perspective on how we should be living and end up just going through the motions of living.

Fun doesn’t have to be something that is saved for the weekends, or once a year vacations. Fun should be something that you experience every day, even the days you go to work, or school. Fun is something you incorporate into your daily living, not something that you save up for. It’s a mindset and therefore, is found in practicing mindfulness.

If you take your life too serious you won’t have fun. Learn to lighten up a bit. Find the silly and fun in the most mundane projects. Find the fun in the most impossible situations that you find yourself in. In doing this, your life becomes so much more enriched and your overall health so much better. Laughter is the best medicine and having fun in life produces that.

When you were a child, you didn’t have to look around and try to find the fun, it was just something that happened to you. Try and connect to your inner child and see how easy it will be to have fun.

Remember, when you stop fighting life, life stops fighting you. Come on, get that frown off your face and go have yourself some fun.

“Today  is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
~ Dr. Seuss

Touch

Touch is:

A hug from your child or grandchild that lets you know you are loved.

That special warmth you feel as you snuggle with your pet.

The soft lip kisses that beg for more.

The comfort you give and receive from a dying love one as you take their hand in yours.

A good massage that relieves pain.

Two lovers joined in a caress that melts them as one.

Feelings of reassurance you did a good job when a teacher places their hand on your shoulder.

Holding your baby and cuddling together knowing this is what heaven is all about.

Sweet kisses on the cheek that say, “I love you.”

A warm and understanding pat from a friend.

Deep oneness as you hold hands with your soul mate.

When two beings join together and become one even for just a second, that is the magical power of touch. Without the gentle touch of another we might never survive in this world, so reach out and touch someone you care about.

Expectations

Having expectations of how we want something to be causes more problems for us than anything else. We sometimes don’t realize that we have expectations about a situation, but we usually do and when they are not met we are not very happy campers. Take for example planning a trip, and once you arrive, nothing is as you had imagined. How about visiting relatives that you haven’t seen for a while and it not turning out like you thought?

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” ~ William Shakespeare

The above quote is so true when what you planned, or thought the visit or situation would be is not. The best thing to do is have no expectations. This way you will not be setting yourself up for disappointment, hurt, or even anger to occur. Plan your trip, but just don’t over plan it. And when dealing with people just remember, we all look at a situation differently; not everyone is looking through rose-colored glasses.

When you think about it, having No expectations on anything will put you in a mindful mode where you are free to just flow without your ego taking hold. In this freedom you are able to experience and see things in a fresh way without the burden of having arrived into the situation with all your expectations neatly in place waiting to be fulfilled.

So get out there and enjoy all that is around you with no preconceived ideas of how things should be. Life is so much better when you allow yourself to go with the current happy to land wherever it takes you. This makes your life fun, and we all need to have more fun.