Daniel Applegate from Compass Counseling joins us for Motivational Monday. The Importance of Laughter
There are plenty of times in life where we need to take things seriously—a family member has cancer, we have a special needs child, we are in the middle of a divorce. Even then, find time to laugh! Never take yourself so seriously that you can’t laugh at yourself. I’ve been to more than my share of funerals over the years, and the ones that stick out the most are the ones where people celebrate the deceased and find a way to laugh while grieving a loss.
What about when it comes to your career?
And when it comes to work and career—take your job seriously. Do it well, think well, write well…whatever it is, take your job seriously, but never take yourself so seriously that you and other people around you lose sight of that little child in us all. Think about the 9 year old version of us, and be honest. Would the 9 year old version of us approve of how we approach life? What happens ff we take life too seriously?
1. Don’t laugh enough!! A life without fall off the couch, tummy tickling belly laughter isn’t a healthy one.
According to research, laughter boosts your immune system, reduces stress hormones, helps prevent heart
disease and eases muscle tension.
2. Don’t take enough chances. Great things can only come when we are free enough to follow our dreams and go for it!
3. Don’t allow for the child within to shine. The child within needs to be given the chance to thrive! When we begin to listen its desires, we’ll enjoy more sunsets, take time to smell the roses, climb trees and dare to be free.
4. Hold on too tightly to people and things. In holding on to tight, we lose ourselves and get caught into a system of fear based living. And when we live in fear, we push people away and do things to undermine our success. It is in learning to let go that we find true life and love.
5. We worry too much about how we look and how others perceive us. How can we be free and authentic when we are so worried about our hair, the wrinkles on our brow, the house we live in or the car we drive?
It’s the soul that matters most!! And when we nurture our souls — there is light that shines within our eyes, a skip in our steps…we are able to touch and inspire each other.
Daniel Applegate, Licensed Clinical
Compass Counseling and Consulting