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Have an Inspiring Life Everyday
by On April 18, 2013

Saving the best post for laugh. No, this is not a typo… In Part 1 of this Inspiring Life series we discussed 3 Steps to an Inspiring Life, and in Part 2 we covered how we coach ourselves utilizing our Internal Coaching System (ICS). In this last part we dive into what it means to Fill your Daily Laugh Quotient. Science proves that in many instances laughter IS the best medicine. According to Web MD and healthguide.org laughter has been proven to reduce your stress, lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system, improve brain function and protect your heart. The business benefits of laughter are huge as well. It helps connect us to others, such as our clients, co-workers and helps reduce sales resistance.

Most of us understand this concept and often need to be reminded. I have been asked how did I get so funny and I usually reply, “I don’t know, it just came along with my amazing good looks.” Truthfully, I have made it a point over the past many years to consciously follow my own personal 3 step process to bring more laughter in my life and I am happy to share my wisdom with you. These steps comprise what I like to call my Daily Laugh Quotient Checklist and it works like a charm. Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to a inspiring life everyday.

1) Schedule Laughter – Pretty amazing first tip, huh? You are probably taking out your notepad and writing this one down… But, no matter who you are it is always a good idea to find time to laugh. The best times I found to be sure you get some good laughs in are first thing in the morning when you wake up and some time before you go to bed. Book ending your day with some joy and laughter can really create positive momentum in your days and you’ll pleasantly find yourself laughing much more often during the day as a result. Hint: Listening to babies laughing is almost guaranteed to cause joy and laughter.

2) Lose Your “Cool Card” – We all have a metaphorical “cool card” and some of us take ourselves so seriously that our cards are enormous. So of us have been card carrying members of “Too Cool for School University” since puberty. Individuals who live an inspiring life are gifted at taking what they do seriously, but NOT taking themselves seriously. Life is funny and it is important that we consciously look for the funny moments in all the seriousness of the day. Make it a goal to find at least one funny, hilarious or joyful experience in your day.

3) Spend Time with Other FUNny People – If it is true that you become like those you surround yourself with most of the time, then many of you may need to find some new friends. They don’t all have to be comedians, but they do have to have an uplifting view about life. Look for those people who can find laughter and even joy in the mundane or challenging experiences in everyday life. Those are the kind of individuals I love to be around.

I am so grateful for the many years of laughter that has been created by just spending time in the company of some of the funnest and funniest people in my life.

I hope you find joy and laughter in the day to day activities of life, because if you can do that then you will most definitely be on your way to an inspiring life!

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