© Brad Tesh April 2013
Laughter is one of the most essential facets of life in my opinion, for it brings a Joy that is fulfilling and whole. When we add humor to Life, we open ourselves to a universe full of giggles, silliness and wonder. In those moments we release our worries and find a complete awareness of “being in the moment”. Laughter is a beautiful thing as it cultivates our connection to our inner child. Spiritually speaking the inner child is a spontaneous, creative, lively and joyful part of our personality and soul, which we knew so well in our childhood. Laughter is one the simplest ways to re-connect to our inner child.
Let’s explore for a moment why humor is so essential to our well being. When we are laughing, having fun and joking, we are experiencing a lighter, softer side of life. Things that “Tickle our Funny bone” (and what’s wrong with a tickle now and then); release pent up tension, anger and stress. Just silly self expressionism brings us to a more elevated state of consciousness. We laugh at something because it is funny, we laugh because it is ironic, and we laugh because it is an unexpected moment that creates a feeling response of glee. Finding humor in things lifts us out of the ordinary into the extraordinary.
There are many ways to laugh and enjoy yourself. Going to see your favorite comedian, or watching a funny TV program, are a couple ways to really lighten your mood. Joking with friends is another way to really laugh, as we can be our true selves and fully let go. Finding humor even in the things we perceive to go wrong, is a good way to laugh too because we can choose to see the humor and positivity in something we may perceive as negative. All these are the ways to bring the essence of laughter into your world. If life were serious all the time, we would get bored and became exceptionally unhappy. Laughter brings us something sensational, something vivacious. Your entire body feels Joy when you laugh. It creates a happy sensation in the heart chakra that moves positive energy through your entire body, mind and spirit. For an instance, we are almost feeling weightless, caught up so deeply in the moment that our outer world may fade away briefly. Now that’s really living, that’s experiencing Life!
Joy and laughter are very closely related but a bit different. One might say laughter brings Joy, and that is a true statement. Within Laughter, there is a very heightened sense of Joy and a momentary release of energy, that flows through you and out into the universe. In my opinion, Laughter should be an essential part of our everyday routine. Not only does it enhance our well-being, but it brings us Joy and uplifts those around us. Being carefree and silly with others creates an enchanting unification with them, which is delightful and fun. Fun and delight are so important to feeling good and free! Joking with others and adding humor to conversations opens our natural connection to our “source” which is peaceful, loving, and jolly. Laughter puts us at ease and helps we relax. We dance with Life! In fact laughter could be viewed as the “hip-hop” dance of life. It moves us, grooves us and enthuses us. I’m not saying you have to go around bouncing off the wall all the time, though a good bounce on a trampoline or bouncing to music, never hurt a thing!
Respecting people’s boundary lines when using humor, is also an important factor to consider. Often, each individual has a boundary of what they find humorous or what they find offensive. Learning to “lighten up”, and let go of all those heavy burdens once in a while, puts your body at ease and frees your mind. Try to find the humor in simple things or the conversation you are having, and let your spirit flow free. Don’t just stop and smell the roses…sit with them…admire them…let them make you smile. Nature laughs in colors. Inhale the aroma of laughter throughout your day! “Allowing” humorous moments brings more Joy and spontaneity into your life.
We could all use a bit of spice once in a while. Like a food that tastes so good with a bit of seasoning. Laughter is that extra spice that helps make things alright! Laughter adds that magical flavor you just want more and more of. Sometimes it is good for life to be a Whoo-nelly waa hoo weee! Although it may seem to others you are in a world of your own, ignore them and love the moment your in. Experience that moment in its totality!
Laughter is also like music it many ways, sometimes soft as in a giggle and sometimes loud and intense. Whatever it’s velocity, let it course though you and welcome its energy and vitality. Allow it to warm your heart and soul. Feel your belly when you laugh; it is full of vibrant expansive energy! Expressing itself as joy in your body! Humor is meant to be enjoyed. Sometimes it’s good to ROFL or Roll on the Floor Laughing! What’s the harm in that really? You might see a whole new perspective of life from the floor! You’ll find the moments of laughter to be one of the most valuable parts of your day, because you feel euphoric when you experience them. Give into laughter and let it free you and fulfill you, it is good to feel happy and free. It is good to laugh!