In our quest to achieve more in life (of which you know full well I am a huge fan) it occurs to me that self-appreciation and humor are also valuable tools.
An important feature of Step 2 in the Fire in Five process is to fully appreciate all aspects of who you are. To look within and assess your strengths, challenges, and ways of adapting to what life throws your way. Instead of judging harshly as many are prone to do, try instead to view your faults with humor.
I am not the most patient person on earth. (Stop laughing at my understatement friends!) But as I strive to improve with yoga, meditation, and counting to …..1000, I also try to find ways to giggle through it. Recently, as I was running around frantically preparing for the day I found myself saying, “come on, come on, Come ON!” as my child was tying his shoe. We looked at each other, I gave him a grin, and poured it on THICK. I’m talking complete melodrama, southern accent and all. “Oh woe is me (head thrown back with hand on forehead), how can you possibly tie your shoes with this mad woman clucking at you!?” We couldn’t help but laugh together.
According to the studies of Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University, laughter is shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and increase the levels of infection fighting T-cells. It truly is the best medicine.
No matter what you are seeking…to make more money, to find the perfect mate, to grow your business, to become a better person take the time to appreciate who you are, what you have, and the humor in each situation.
Action Step: Think for a moment to the person in your life that makes you laugh the most. Make sure to spend more time with them! And if you can’t think of any – go find one. Or at the bare minimum visit a comedy club or rent a funny movie this weekend. Humor is good for the body and the soul!
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