It may take a bit of practice to get used to the idea of laughing for the sake of laughing. We may want to try one of the seven ‘habits of humor’ (or all of them), devised by the American psychologist Paul McGhee, one of the pioneers in humor research.
The first step is to surround yourself with humor.
This involves first discovering what our sense of humor is and thinking about how to implement more of that humor in our routine. Watching funny movies and listening to monologues, reading about jokes is a good way to increase the chances we will have to laugh and invite humor into our lives.
To support this exercise you can use a diffuser with Joy and Lemon and put it on while watching the movie, the monologue or when you are reading.
Find fun in all things and enjoy more what you do.
This will help us move into a more favorable frame of mind. Let’s think of this as warming up before any physical exercise: we prepare our body and our emotions to laugh.
You can use Orange, Citrus Fresh, Joy and Lemon topic. Be careful with the sun, it is better to use Joy while you are outside, the rest of the essential oils are awesome when you don’t get sunlight directly on your skin.
Try to laugh intentionally more often and with more heart.
Aim for a laugh that sits and sounds playful, happy, and natural, and try different styles; there is not just one way to get it right. If it sounds a bit forced at first, it doesn’t matter, it’s just the same.
In this case you can combine, at the same time, different techniques with the oils: topic or using a diffuser, while doing conscious exercises to induce laughter.
We are going to leave you a phrase from Woody Allen, to begin with: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” It is a good reflection that helps us laugh a little more at things, not to despise them, but to eliminate the stress that comes from trying to reach them.
And remember, self-induced laughter can get a bad reputation, but research indicates that it can be even more effective for health and well-being than spontaneous laughter.
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