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Life Coaching-Learning to Laugh

Updated on January 30, 2016

Learning to Laugh

The reason for this continuation of a hub about laughing is that I do not feel like we laugh as much as we should; especially at ourselves, and the sometimes crazy things we do. Laughter can cure a lot of things. It can make a baby smile if you laugh softly when it is crying. It can stop an argument right on key when the conversation gets too heated.

Laughable Personality

This is of course where personality comes in. Everybody does not have the ability to make other people laugh; these people are special and I wish I were more like those individuals but most of the time, I am more serious, but I am trying to change and see life in a different perspective.

In my recent work elsewhere, I have found that we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. When we learn to laugh at ourselves; we then can learn other ways in which we can grow in our empowerment of having more joy in our life. Joy in our life can ease the frustrations of daily life. Joy is another word for cheer, amusement, bliss, pleasure, comfort and many other things. When we obtain this great ability, it rubs off on others and when others see the joy in our life we are then influencing other people to be the same way.

No, it does not mean that one must go around laughing all day or telling jokes, as we have already decided everyone does not have this ability. What we do have is the ability to find joy, something to laugh at, and mainly to see the amusement of making mistakes and being able to laugh our way through some of these embarrassments.

When to laugh

Never too young or old to laugh!
Never too young or old to laugh!

What Makes You Smile With Just One Thought?

We all have something or someone in our life that is an expression of true joy...

-----------a child or children we adore

-----------a friend who is true

-----------an older parent who needs us

-----------good health without medication

-----------we can see and hear what others tell us - there are those who cannot

-----------we are able to walk and run and play

-----------we have the ability to learn, grow and share

There are many other blessing that we can be joyous over and when we learn to somehow laugh at ourselves we are able to see that whatever it is that we might think is missing could not be half as bad as it seems.

Laughter the Best Medicine

When to laugh at yourself....

  • When you wear two different color shoes to work
  • When you slipped and fell going out the door and look around to see if anyone saw you
  • When you tell a joke and it made no sense
  • When you pick up on a conversation which has ended with what you are saying
  • When your husband brings home the queen size panty hose when you said average
  • When you want to scream over the spilled milk; the baby smiles and says "mommy"
  • When you tell yourself you are losing weight yet the scales do not agree
  • When you missed the green light
  • When you missed your exit
  • When you missed the phone call
  • When you came out of the store and your skirt is tucked in your waist--oops
  • When you are afraid to tell your husband you spent too much money
  • When you spouse wants to go away for the weekend **you have done something right
  • When you can't find your hairbrush
  • When your spouse fills up the car with gas
  • When your child brings home straight "A"'s **you helped in some important way
  • When you think life is teaching you a lesson
  • When you know you have done your best
  • When you know you made a mistake
  • When you can't stand to make a mistake
  • When you want to cry

Joy Quotes

"Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing."

- Matt Biondi

"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness." --

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Joy is the best makeup." -- Anne Lamott

"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their differences." -- Audre Lorde

"Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude." -- Marietta McCarty

"Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking moments." - Michael Vance


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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Alex, I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. You words are so very nice and encouraging. Thank you so much.

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      Alex 7 years ago

      Wonderful blog. I always thought some people were gifted with laughter in all situations. But you're right - it is something that can be learned. Thanks for this write up ! Enjoyed reading...

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Adrienne2, Thank you for coming by to read and comment. There have been times in my life that I could not laugh and it seemed it took some time to learn how to laugh through the know the ones we don't talk about.

      I appreciate your comments.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      DrPastorCarlotta, Thank you for coming by to laugh...I am trying to laugh more often. It is something that revives our soul, I believe.

      Blessings to you too.

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      Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

      I always knew laughter doth good like a medicine from the scripture. However I never heard of learning to laugh, informative hub.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I agree with this Hub and I a laughing NOW!!! lol, lol, lol, lol, lol...... Blessings my new friend!!!

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you James for stopping by; long time no have been busy....I appreciate your comments. I am trying to laugh more so that I can slow down the aging process!!!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Very nice Hub. I surely agree with you that laughter is the best medicine. Joy is something we can consciously have and different from happiness. Good work, my dear.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you Zsuzsy Bee for commenting again. I am trying to laugh more now that I am older. I realize if I had laughed at most of the things in my life; the bad stuff would not have seemed so bad...I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      The whole world needs to laugh more, that's for sure.

      great hub and pics too.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Pamela99 I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read. Yes laughter is good for the body,mind and soul.

      Thank you

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub. Laughter is so healthy and can change your outlook in a matter of seconds.