Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Joy Diet: Laughter

We are in the home stretch of this journey with "The Joy Diet". I must admit it has been a bit of a struggle for me to keep up, but it is because of the barriers that I continue to perservere. All the things in my life that are pulling me away from this book and practice are the things that tell me I need to be paying attention to this book all the more.

So, for laughter - one of the best things the book says about laughter is, "The more stressful, dangerous, baffling, or unpleasant your situation, the more important it is to laugh at it." I know this is true, but sometimes laughter isn't easy to come by in those situations.

I like the idea of a LPD (laughs per day) Quotient. Seems like it makes sense to take little laugh breaks. There was also a list of ways to ensure that you laugh enough - reading funny books, watching funny TV programs, visiting funny websites, going to comedy clubs, etc.

One of the things I am most proud of is that often, people who I engage with socially will end the evening saying, "I love hanging out with you. I always laugh so hard my stomach/sides/cheeks hurt." It makes me so happy to be able to make people laugh. Their joy makes me laugh. It is infectious and healthy. I consider that one of my greatest talents/gifts. Wow. I just realized that. I have known that in my head, but that was the first time I ever wrote it out like that. Making people laugh is a gift. A gift I love giving. Hmmm. I have to think about this. Maybe this relates to my post for Play...

I think I'm done now...I have to go laugh and think.


  1. A mutual friend and I were just talking about your gift for story-telling! You have the timing, nuance and expressions to put a person in your story!


  2. I feel exactly the same as you describe in your first alinea. I'm also glad I didn't quit this project. I deeply admire people who can me me laugh. You should indeed be proud to have this talent. Have a great week!

  3. I can't think of a better gift to have and share with others than the ability to make people laugh. Have a wonderful week filled with laughter.

  4. What a great gift - to make your friends lagh...a true treasure.

  5. Good for you! You made a major realization and you have an extremely valuable gift to bring to those around you. Keep laughing and playing.

  6. What a great gift that is to give (and have!).
    May your life be filled with laughter!

  7. You are right, it's nice when people say: you always make me laugh!
    You can't go wrong with that!

  8. You do have a wonderful gift. Maybe it makes it all the more important to figure out what nourishes you and makes you laugh so that you can continue to share it.

  9. Making people laugh is a FABULOUS gift to have. Laughing is so cleansing and such a great energy shifter.



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