A short while back, I was participating in Dr. Kataria’s laughter club on Zoom, and a young gentleman named Peter, who is probably one of the most talented laughter yoga leaders I’ve had the privilege of coming across, was leading us all in laughter. This particular session of laughter was revolved around laughing when we don’t feel like it. As Peter showed us all some transparency in saying that he was a bit grumpy and under the weather on that particular day, he invited us all to laugh even if we were feeling something similar to his mood. We all gave a number indicating our mood on a scale from 1-10, 1 being a sour mood and 10 being a fantastic mood. We then measured it again after several minutes of laughing. As expected, all of our numbers went up. This was beautiful to see as my laughter family used laughter to help brighten their days and spirits.
It was in this laughter session that Peter said an extremely simple, but deeply profound, statement that stuck out to me. As he was doing his best to muster up some laughter despite having a particularly trying day, he spoke the words:
“Let the laughter do the work. You don’t have to.”
This struck me, as I realized I was trying my hardest to “make” myself feel better, as that day I was feeling to be a bit of a sourpuss myself. It was in that moment that I stopped “trying” and “working” so hard myself and just surrendered to the laughter, and it was in that moment that I had one of those amazing experiences in laughter yoga when you can literally feel the laughter light you up and morph you from within creating an absolutely lovely and joyful glow within you. So, Peter, if you’re reading this – thank you for that enlightening and deep reminder.
Laughing can remind us of our true and natural state, which is love, peace, and joy. Not only does it work on our bodies and brains in the biologically scientific sense by allowing us to produce various feel-good chemicals and hormones that help to lift our mood and spirit, ease pain, and calm the nervous system, but it also serves as an excellent reminder that sometimes we just need to become like the breeze and simply let things happen. It trains and teaches us to become more flexible, more resilient, and more accepting. All of these things can easily turn a frown upside down into a brilliant smile.
So, friends, we don’t have to labor so much…we can take a deep breath and laugh, and then surrender to that laughter and let it do the work for us. I don’t know about you, but I find this to be an enormous relief! Knowing that I can just sit back, relax, and allow laughter to do the work for me in terms of lifting my mood, calming my mind, putting things into perspective, and much more takes a huge load off my shoulders. My hope is that you too are provided with this sense of relief upon the realization of the powerful effects of laughter. Just surrender, laugh, and let it do its thing!
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