As a small child, I fondly anticipated visits from our neighbor, Mac. A rotund farmer, his face was lined with deep furrows formed from too much sun, too little rain, and chronic money worries. Yet every time he saw me, he squinted down to greet me with a grin. His face lit up, his eyes danced and my whole world suddenly became fun. Mac had the knack of getting a kick out of life. With him, the day held humorous possibilities. His approach to life made trials and tribulations seem an adventure. And so they are. Life is sometimes hard and sometimes flows more easily. Yet each of us has the opportunity, at the end of every day, to say, “This was a great day. I enjoyed it.”
But it is up to you to make it happen. What have you scheduled into your life that is fun, lately? Yes, fun! We find time for our job, dental appointments, changing the oil in our car, eating, PTA, and hopefully, time for family. Yet we don’t take time to laugh. These days, life often seems uncertain and hard. So take five minutes to make a list of what you think is fun to do. You might include taking a walk in the rain, a good ol’ water fight, reading a syrupy romance novel while soaking in a hot soothing bath, taking a buddy to the zoo, or spend an afternoon at the dollar movie theater watching comedies. Determine to do one this next week. You will be hooked. Ask your spouse, children, or friends what they think is fun to do and plan it together. Our children still talk of the camping trip when they came running up to Ron and me as we washed our campfire dishes on a crisp October afternoon. “We found a great hill to roll down, come roll with us!” We looked at their eager faces, glanced at each other, dropped our dishes and ran. We spent an hour rolling down hills bundled up in thick coats, racing each other as we bumped into rocks and slammed into each other. I laughed until tears ran down my cheeks. I felt renewed and realized again that life is full of joys in the unexpected moments of abandon.
We can laugh at little every day hassles. Recently, while driving down a three lane freeway, another driver and I kept moving into the center lane at the same time, seeing each other and then pulling back. Finally, at the third attempt, we waved, laughed and she gallantly waved me ahead in front of her. How refreshing it was to share a bit of fun with a perfect stranger, instead of glaring, honking and waving rude gestures at one another! Do something nice for someone and get a real kick out of their delight. Offer to take their dog for a walk, watch their kids for an evening, wash their car, take them out for a hot chocolate. Norman Vincent Peale suggested, “Do something nice for someone every day, even if it has to be yourself!” After years of research into what makes life a success, Dale Carnegie wrote, “Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don’t put off being happy until some future date.”
What will you do today that will make you giggle? Chuckle? Laugh until you snort? Gift yourself with the joy of living, then pass it on.
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