Lighten up with Laughter

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Lighten Up with Laughter

A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around.
– Carolyn Birmingham

Our nervous system has its own natural ways of releasing stored emotional tension. When I’m performing myofascial and craniosacral bodywork on clients, their emotions come tumbling out: often in spontaneous tears, hiccups and even uncontrollable giggles.

Laughter (and other emotional release responses) is a great signal that the internal reset mechanism is kicking in: “Rest and recover to the rescue!”

What are your happiness triggers?

Does “faking it ‘til you make it” work?

When I first heard the expression “fake it ‘til you make it,” I was a doubtful that significant change could result from just consciously pretending something had already occurred. I’ve since humbly deepened my understanding of the process.

It can really work. Signaling the body to change, by going through the motions, creates a matching biochemical response.

When your smiling muscles are engaged, your brain interprets that as a happy response and sends a message to the endocrine system to respond in kind. Plenty of medical research backs this up, but, as promised, we’re keeping this “light!”

A well-balanced person is one who finds both sides of an issue laughable.
– Herbert Procknow

He makes a good point. While we all have to put out fires at times, there’s always time to contemplate ways to promote peace and healing in an often troubled world. And, there is definitely enough time to embrace silly moments and share a deep belly laugh. Laughter is a simple, yet powerful way to reduce stress and increase emotional resiliency and contentment.

Truly, it’s not difficult

To promote balance each day, I suggest planning ways to lighten up. Try working some of these happiness triggers into your normal routine:

– Play music that’s uplifting or fun as you prepare for your day. Don’t let your mind wander into pre-worry or excessive mental list-making. You’ll be better prepared for whatever comes up when you start with a lighter mental load.

– If a happy thought or memory does cross your mind, stop and remember to smile. Let that feeling shine through physically, and the bonus is it’s great for undoing worry wrinkles!

– Practice finding the lighter side of things anywhere and everywhere. At the store, I used to sign electronic credit card readers with a smiley face. Why? I did it once, just to see if it really mattered how I sign those, and then noticed the cashier could see it too, and chuckled. After that, I started signing with a smiley face on a regular basis.

Lightheartedness is contagious. So the next time something tickles your funny bone, laugh out loud! Share this healing gift generously with those around you.

A Little About Lisa

Lisa-Manning100Lisa is a Craniosacral Therapist and a Master Certified Hypnotist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa brings a wealth of experience, expertise, warmth and compassion to her work with clients from all walks of life.


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