“On average, children laugh 400 times a day, while adults laugh about 15 times. Why the gap? Did we lose something? Have we forgotten the way we used to be? Why is it that children seem to cope with life’s oddities better than adults? Perhaps it’s because they do not fully understand. But I think it is simpler than that – they laugh. As we grow older, we get far too serious. Watch children play. … Everything is fun. They are spontaneous. Only when we become adults do we start to get boring. Do we need to cultivate a different attitude? Humor is in the way we see things, the way we think. It’s an attitude, not an event. Perhaps the key lies in becoming more childlike.” ~ Gary K. Palmer
Life definitely requires its serious moments, but when I find myself becoming overly frazzled and stressed out, a good hearty laugh helps me to relieve the tension.
Laughter works for me, it even has lasting effects. After I have enjoyed a hard, deep laugh, I find myself smiling more often and being more carefree. Now I just need to learn to laugh more than 15 times a day … do I even laugh more than 10 times a day?
I might need to be a little more diligent about this.