Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
One of the things I like about you and our other readers is that we get to share some laughter almost every day. It took me a while to realize that there was no value in taking life too seriously. A few years ago I was slipping into unconsciousness in the ICU of a local hospital when I heard someone on the crash team say “Can you believe this guy, he is going under and he is still joking.” And I probably was as I learned a long time ago that there is little use in letting adversity take you down. In my experience it is really hard to cry if you are having fun.
I have had a lifetime of obstacles to overcome and have found that maintaining a sense of humor has a way of lightening the load. I also honestly feel that the secret of my frequent rapid recovery from illness has been the therapeutic value of humor mixed with the friendship of positive people. So my friend I want to thank you for if you were not there to possibly read our daily attempt at humor I might not be as diligent in mixing a daily dose laughter for myself and to share with you and the others.
I think author Elizabeth Scott understands, here is an article she wrote recently on how to reduce stress.
Laughing More and Having Fun
Guide to Having More Fun In Your Life and Reducing Stress
Having fun is an important part of stress management. Because studies show such wonderful health and stress relief benefits to laughter and even the anticipation of laughter, we should all work on getting more giggles into each day. And because of the many wellness benefits of leisure time, having fun should be a priority in the life of anyone who wants better health, greater happiness and less stress. Here are some strategies for having more fun in your life:
Have Friends Over More Often
Most people find themselves very busy these days — often busier than they want to be. While the activities that occupy our time are important, having fun is equally important. While busy lifestyles can sap us of our spontaneity, having friends over and setting aside some time just to play can offer a regular outlet for having fun.
Aside from forwarding emails that make us chuckle (which isn’t bad, as long as you’re sure not to forward things that people may find annoying), most people don’t just tell jokes anymore, which is too bad. If you cull the internet, Reader’s Digest and other sources for just one or two good jokes, you’ll find that the laughter is often contagious, others may share jokes right back, and you’re suddenly having more fun in your life.
Be ‘In The Now’
There’s currently a lot said in the media on mindfulness and “being in the now,” and for good reason. When you’re basing yourself firmly in the present moment (rather than ruminating on past or anticipated stressors), you’re more open to happiness, laughter and having fun.
Maintain a Sense of Humor
You can turn your stresses into fun with an attitude shift if you focus on maintaining a sense of humor in your daily life. With a lighthearted attitude, events that would normally be annoying become amusing; big hassles become humorously absurd; major stressors become really great stories waiting to be told. Having a sense of humor is a big part of having fun — it’s a way to actively seek out fun and happiness instead of waiting for it to come to you.
I realize that humor isn’t for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.
Anne Wilson Schaef
Two dogs were walking down the street. The one dog says to the other, “Wait here a minute, Herb, I’ll be right back.” He walks across the street and sniffs this fire hydrant for a couple minutes, then walks back across the street.
The other dog, Herb, says, “So, what was all that about?”
The dog first dog says, “Oh, nothing much. I was just checking my messages.”
“Being over the hill is lots better than being under it!”
A priest is repairing a fence surrounding his parish. He notices a small boy is standing nearby for a long time. The priest finally asks him, “Do you want to speak with me, my son?”
“Oh, no. I’m just waiting.”
“Well, waiting for what?” came the priest’s reply.
“Waiting to hear what a priest says when he hits his finger with a hammer.”
Time flies whether or not you’re having fun.
Morris bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying . “Free to good home, You want it — you take it”. For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it….
Eventually, Morris decided that people were too untrusting of the deal, that it looked “too good to be true”…So he changed the sign to read “Fridge for sale — $150”. The next day someone stole it.
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
A conversation heard at a local pub:
“Gee, Sam, wish you were here with me.”
“But Tom, I am. Look see, I’m right in front of you.”
“No you’re not.”
“Yes, I am.”
“Can prove you’re not. Bet you $5.”
“You’re not in New York City, are you?”
“And you’re not in Montreal.”
“Can’t argue with you there.”
“And you are definitely not in Paris.”
“If you’re not in New York City, Montreal or Paris, then you must be someplace else.”
“Yea, that makes sense.”
“Well, if you’re someplace else, you can’t be here. So pay up, let’s have the $5.”
“I’m not here.”
Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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