For a gal who tends to gravitate to deep thinking and intellectual curiosity (re: everything personal development and non-fiction books) - I recently discovered I need to laugh more.
Martha Beck reminded me of this, Oprah's life coach. She talks about how nurses are allowed to carry around water guns to squirt at each other to support the laughter of their patients, and I thought that was brilliant. I'm a pretty light hearted person, but sometimes I forget to giggle and find the levity in the moment.
Here are some ways that have helped me:
Joined a laughter filled co-working space. And even more recently (and more effectively) an IMPROV CLASS.
Subscribed to funny podcasts (“Lovett or Leave it” makes me lol every single time ). I know you can find one of those for you.
Called my silliest “don’t make me pee my pants” friends.
Watched the old standby funny shows! (duh to most, but not always to me). When in doubt type FRIENDS or OFFICE into Netflix.
Attended sweaty, ridiculous exercise classes. I found this sweaty dance class in complete darkness called Dance Church at 10am on Sunday mornings in Seattle. Laughter ensued.
Did handstands in the hallway whenever I felt above average tense. I laugh every time I have to prepare by taking off my necklaces and socks - or get people or objects out of the way.
Pet every dog I could find on the sidewalk and waited for miracles to happen.
This list is a work in progress, but I'm excited to keep going. Any suggestions?