Monday, May 26, 2008

The Significance of Laughter


Such a serious title for something as benign as laughter. Yes, it is, but for a reason. The need to laugh, to find humor in things sometimes unfunny, to chuckle, giggle, guffaw, shriek, snort, or titter, may be one of the best remedies for what ails you.

Humor is serious business. Huh? That's right. We need to laugh just as much as we need to eat or sleep. Think about how you feel when deprived of your recommended nightly hours of sleep--not too good, right? How about when your stomach is reminding you that you have not eaten recently, or that you have and that it was not sitting well down there. Again, not a pleasant sensation. Same can be said about those who do not get enough laughter in their daily lives. Eat, drink, and be merry. Perhaps there was something to that ancient adage after all?

One of the reasons I created livelife365 (both my website and this blog) was to be able to reach as many people as possible, sharing with them all the myriad ideals and ideas, videos and music, helpful programs and proven theories that I have amassed over the years. But the best part is that I not only can help others lose weight or eat right, gain self-esteem or proper balance, but that I can entertain them. Make them laugh. It's no accident that livelife365 offers more than most blogs or websites, a more diverse menu of entrees. I want to be able to help and teach, council and coach, share and learn, yes, but I also get a great deal of satisfaction when I put a smile on someone's face.

I have been asked,"Mike, how can you be treated seriously as a self-help guru when you are constantly acting like a goofball in some of your videos?" My response to that is: If I made you laugh, then it was worth it. Livelife365 is all about life, and the importance of living your life each day to its fullest. Yes, adhering to a healthy lifestyle is vital, as is proper mental focus and self development. But all that and not enough joy, humor or laughter in your life is an incomplete life. An unfulfilled life.

One of my favorite programs is called Triad of Balance (book coming out soon, I promise). This is about getting your mind, body, and spirit in balance as one, after working on balancing each one individually. It is easier said than done (see previous blog entry with the same title, as well as video), but finding daily laughter in your life will help your balance in each area--Mind; Body; Spirit. That, in a nutshell, should underscore the importance of laughter. The significance of finding humor every day.

Good luck, here's to a hearty chuckle today, hopefully much more than one. If you need help, visit my website and mouse over LAUGH. There you will discover dozens of, most of the time, funny videos that should do the trick. If not, let me know what tickles your funny bone and I will do my best to put a smile on your face.

If you really want to laugh at me, check out my new video, "How to...Embarrass Your Children." Watch it at livelife365.com or at the bottom of this page.

Until next time...


peace,
Mike

11 comments:

Jessica said...

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livelife365 said...

Lived life every day every way.

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I don't know what I would do without laughter! I enjoy your site.

Robin Easton said...

WONDERFUL!!! I agree completely and make it a point to laugh everyday. Both my sweetheart and I laugh all the time. It is what gets us through the stressful times and it just plain feels GOOD!

I once taught a Chi Lel class and while doing our "moves" I made a cute joke that everyone laughed at except one person and he later asked me in a somewhat pompous tone, "Why did you laugh during the session?" I said, "Because you have to ask why!" He didn't get it until some time later. So I REALLY appreciate this post. It is a crucial one. Thanks!

Virgo said...

I love to laugh and to make people laugh. That is why my blog is about "comedy". (Is that a subtle way to promote my blog or what?) Anyway, I can't imagine life without laughter!

Anonymous said...

Great advice, especially when times are tough, like now. Thanks, Mike!

Tomas Karkalas said...

Thanks Mike. Humor is serious business indeed. While trying to laugh, I was just surprised at totally unexpected metamorphosis of my my weeping for the hardships into the gratitude for remaining alive.

Anonymous said...

I agree ,when you laugh, many muscles work in your face,you make happy another one, if you laugh you are happy for a short while and you share happiness, and most of all :
as if that were not enough keep you young.
Gracias compadre.

Tomas Karkalas said...

I have noticed that while talking about the benefits of the laugh, nobody laughs, and the same happens otherwise.
Does it mean that the word of wisdom is so dull?

Bryan said...

Laughing makes a memory, a happy one. So be happy all the times, it's good for the heart. Nice article so thoughtful of you.

Michael Davis said...

In short laughter is the best medicine. Even I have a lot of problems, I can still smile and it makes me feel better.