The Reflection Pool

The Older I Get

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I listen to a lot of podcasts.  They’re an entertaining and informative way to pass time in the car, on a run or even if you can’t sleep. “q” on CBC is one of my go to’s. I’ve stuck with it through the scandals this past year, and I’m enjoying the new host, Shad. I listened to an April 22 episode where Shad was interviewing David Shore, canadian writer and producer. It was a great interview.  Shore said, somewhat tongue in cheek, that the older he gets, the more he likes people who agree with him and make him laugh. That made me smile. It’s so true!

There’s tremendous comfort in having people around who agree with your beliefs and ideas. Constant struggle can be tiring, especially as I get older. So I get where Shore is coming from. Still, I don’t want to be someone that only surrounds themselves with like minded people at work, at leisure and at home.  Diversity of opinion does make my life richer. I know it’s important to continue to engage with those who may disagree with me so we can understand each other better. I just need a break now and then!

And that break can come with the other half of that statement. Laughing is awesome! I so value the people who provoke giggles. Silly jokes, physical comedy, bad puns – they all make me laugh! The more you laugh, the better you feel and the happier you are. I recently wrote another post about laughter because the older I get, the more I believe in the power of laughter. It can save you. It definitely saves me.

 

There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Laughter

My ideal workplace includes laughter. Lots of laughter! Laughter means open heartedness. It means listening. It leads to great release of stress. I really believe that people who laugh a lot are way happier than those who don’t.

I’m not talking about cracking jokes or being sarcastic at the expense of others. I mean the ability to laugh whole heartedly. In her book Kidding Around,  Sue Stephenson talks about laughing clubs and how the act of laughing lifts us mentally and physically.

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There are lots of resources on the web about the power of laughter.  Rob White brings together that thinking in this column from the Huffington Post. For instance, “Nothing is more contagious than uncontrollable laughter” and “learn to laugh at things not usually considered funny, [and] you are able to transcend ideology that stops you from being free”. Powerful.

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that one way I show caring is through laughter. I’m always looking for opportunities to laugh. When I take things too seriously and begin a rant, the only way out is to laugh at myself. When I’m feeling down or blue, I have a little exercise where I get my partner to do her “crazy laugh”. It gets me giggling and then laughing uncontrollably. I feel better, guaranteed. When my niece and I get the giggles, it’s so fun!

I hope that everyone has the opportunity to laugh at home and at work. If you don’t, then make some.