The main challenge you face if/when you want to laugh in any public environment is your own mental conditioning of what you think you can and cannot do. It’s a big list of should and should nots, and it is self-imposed.
First things first: be clear on what it is you are trying to achieve. Do this for you, not for “them.” Laughing for “their benefit” is never authentic, lacks power, and can very easily be perceived as a form of aggression. Don’t go there. It’s unnecessary. Do it for you, that is: with them if they want to join or without them if they don’t. This is entirely different.
Next: you know rationally that laughing is good for you and hurts nobody else, so practice doing it over and over. Start with a smile. Once comfortable, upgrade to a giggle. The next step is to laugh freely and openly, because you can, whenever you want to.
It may help you to a) not make eye contact with anybody around you and b) find a socially acceptable way to do it. This could be putting a headset on your head, or a cellphone to your ear.
A different – clever – way is to get people to play, because playfulness naturally leads to laughter. Start blowing soap bubbles. Every time you make eye contact with someone, give them a bottle and invite them to do the same (buy them inexpensively at http://goo.gl/fUdsl). You will soon hear lots of laughter.
Studies in the UK found that a single smile can generate the same amount of brain stimulation that 2,000 chocolate bars or 16,000 Pounds Sterling ($25,000) can, which means a person can feel like a million bucks just by smiling a certain number a times a day.
There is a an interesting article on Forbes titled, “The Untapped Power of Smiling”. Ron Gutman, the author of the article, explored the power of the smile and found studies of smiles being able to predict: how long lasting individual’s marriages would be, how high individuals would score on standardized tests of well-being and happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The research showed that the widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the categories. Another study found that players that smiled on their baseball cards had a longer average life span than those that didn’t.
Here is a review of the most up-to-date evidence suggests that building the following five actions into our day-to-day lives is important for wellbeing:
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Five Ways to Wellbeing: a report presented to the Foresight Project on communicating the evidence for improving wellbeing by the Centre for wellbeing, the new economics foundation)
Chorus: [A] singin Don’t worry, about a thing
Cause’ [D] every little thing, gonna be [A] alright
Singin’ [A] don’t worry, about a thing
Cause’ [D] every little thing, gonna be [A] alright
Verse: [A] Rise up this mornin’
Smile with the [E] rising sun
three little [D] birds perch by my doorstep [A]
Singin’ [A] sweet songs
of melodys [E] pure and true
sayin’, [D] this my message to [A] you-oo-oo
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…Smiling is energetically very different from laughing. “Laughter is the best medicine” the saying goes, and laughing certainly releases tension and is good for the body in a number of different ways. According to Chinese medicine, if someone laughs too frequently or too loudly they may have excess heart chi and are unconsciously trying to release it. Laughter is more of belly centered emotional release than smiling.