Is Something Funny?

March 26, 2007

Have you had a really good laugh lately? Maybe you heard a great line from a movie. (I’m still laughing at some of the lines from The Devil Wears Prada!) Maybe one of the kids did something that tickled your funny bone.

Whatever it was, laughter has the power to turn around a sour mood instantly. Laughter can make the tension just melt away from your body. It can cause a release of the stress you’ve been carrying for days. The old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is true.

You may have heard that a good belly laugh is equivalent to fifteen minutes on an exercise bike. It not only lowers the blood pressure, but it also increases the endorphins in your body and it’s a heck of a lot more fun than an hour at the gym!

Make a list of things that make you laugh; maybe it’s funny movies, or the antics of the puppy, or thinking about something silly your spouse did once. Even reading a humorous book.

It is important as a Mom to laugh as much and as often as you can. The next time the kids are acting up and you’re tempted to shake a finger and be the serious adult, try doing something completely out of character and making everyone laugh. You’ll be amazed at how it will stop power struggles instantly.

Perhaps you’ve used the expression, “One day we will look back on this and laugh.” This couldn’t be truer than with your life as a Mom.

So try taking a step back and having a good laugh. As you go through your daily routine, find something to laugh about. Laughter can be your secret weapon to beating mommy burnout.

Jen and Carrie

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