Ingredients to Create a Blissful Life #11: Amuse

Wow, week # 11 is already here! How is your 2015 going so far?

This week, your ingredient to create a blissful life is: Amuse

I really love this word. It sort of makes me think of Hilarity’s shy younger brother. LOL The humour may not be as easy to spot but it can still be very funny.

If you’ve been following me at all, you’ll know that I went to a Laughter Yoga Leader training last week and became certified to lead people in laughing on purpose and for no reason. I can’t say exactly what I was expecting because the truth of it is that I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was sure that there would be laughter and expected there to be some breathing techniques, maybe some stretching and physical activity… Other than that I had no idea.

I learned SO much! They talked about the science and studies that have shown that laughter really is an amazing tonic for the body and the soul. We can fool our bodies into believing we’re laughing for real by simply laughing even when we may not feel like it. It is a practice, and when you do laughter from that space, there are a LOT of benefits to your body and your frame of mind, and the awesome part is that you will often find yourself laughing for real – at absolutely nothing but laughing! Can you imagine?

I’d like to encourage you to look for every single opportunity to laugh and be amused whenever and wherever possible. It’s really great for you and for your body, but it’s also really great for everyone else’s being and body and what would the world be like if we could get people laughing more? What can you do to amuse yourself?

Have you noticed how over the last decade or two technology has impacted how we do things? I used to go for walks, visit with friends and talk for hours, get on the phone and call people to have a conversation. Now, I confess, I’m more likely to have a conversation by text or communicate by email than a phone call. More likely to be found doing puzzles on my tablet than in a puzzle book. Remember those? Interesting. And I’ll admit, I kind of miss the way we used to do things. LOL I think I just turned into an old woman for a moment.

So maybe the question this week is about time and how we spend it? (Or invest it as my friend Sara reminds me.) Do we hide behind our screens or get out from behind them and actually engage in life? I think this year, I’m going to make an effort to get off the couch and out from behind my desk and start really living my life. If you see someone walking around laughing for no apparent reason, it might just be me. Then it will be up to you to decide whether to join in or keep on walking.

What do you choose?

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