It hits about 3:30-4 pm, and I begin to wonder where the day got off course. The tantrums and the whining and demands have gotten out of control.
Our day started decent enough.
I read my Bible while Simon watched cartoons, and Anneliese played with her doll house. We had breakfast. I attempted to clean, work on my blog, intentionally play with the kids, lunch, naptime. It was just a regular day.
But why did it feel like we were trudging through the mud when only yesterday we were joyfully flying through our day?
What makes two seemingly similar days end so differently?
This question is important, since I, like you, want more joyful, easy-going days. I want more fun with my kids and more productivity around the house and on my blog.
I want our days to be marked with more patience, more kindness, more of the good stuff and less of the sludgy mud mess we’ve been in the habit of making.
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Thankfully, I realized the difference between the two days. And it is possible for ANYONE to add to their day.
It doesn’t take much time. You need no special equipment—although you could use an aid or two if you’d like. It’s ridiculously simple and wonderfully transforming.
It’s simply this:
A plethora of studies have been published on the benefits of laughter. And they all point to one thing: People who laugh are less stressed.
“After you laugh, you go into a relaxed state,” explains John Morreall, president of HUMORWORKS Seminars in Tampa, Florida. “Your blood pressure and heart rate drop below normal, so you feel profoundly relaxed. Laughter also indirectly stimulates endorphins, the brain’s natural painkillers. (source)
Regardless of what the science in behind it, I find when I am joyfully playing with my kids my day is exponentially better—even later on when they’ve lost their mind.
And most importantly, laughter is also my praise to God. It’s yes-this-right-here-is-messy-and-hard but I’m going to laugh anyway. Yes, my 3-year-old proudly flushed a bottle down the toilet but thank God he is healthy and curious.
How do you get started adding laughter to your day?
It’s simple. do something that makes your joyful. Make it a point to add it to your morning or afternoon if your morning got off to a rocky start. Laughter is effective ANY time of the day.
Our favorite laugh-inducing activities are:
- Dance parties (Who has the best dance moves in your family?)
- Playing Simon dodgeball (Don’t ask. He loves it when you try to hit him with a ball. It’s strangely fun!)
- Watching funny videos
- Telling goofy jokes (Ask Simon what kind of elephant flies.)
- Reading silly books (My little guy loves this Pete the Cat book!)
And then, take it one step farther and thank God for this moment—Ffor joy in hard times, for joy in exhausted times, for joy in painful times, for joy in embarrassing, humiliating times. For just plain JOY.
I promise that if you can add praise and laughter to your day, your day will improve. Joy and gratitude-focused hearts are easy light, trusting-in-God hearts.
So embrace the giggles! Laugh at the absurdity of life.
And bonus points for making someone else laugh. How awesome to be able to impact another’s day like that?
Go love well, sweet friend.
How does laughter impact you and your family? Have you tried adding some silly moments to your morning routine?
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