Surviving Children: Laugh

I saved the best post for last! As a mom of a 4 year old, 2 year old and 8 month old, I learned the value of laughter!

Laughter is a good medicine. It balms the soul when the waves of anxiety buffet. It clears the mind when lists and deadlines loom. It reminds us that life is still fun even if we do not enjoy the responsibilities consuming our thoughts.

Honestly, stop and think: have you laughed today? When I start taking life way too seriously, when the house and the kids make me respond in short, curt answers, I stop what I am doing and find a way to ease up.

What is there to laugh at? A silly hat on a toddler’s head. A preschooler magically turning into a doggie. A dog scooting its rear across the floor.

When we let our lists and worries control our mood, we need to stop, drop, and laugh!

Close the laptop. Turn the phone on silent. Turn up the stereo and dance! Sing a silly song at the top of your lungs. Tickle your baby until her laughter is so contagious your grey skies are bright blue.

Feel it. Be in that moment.

Your back, your neck, your head, your mood – will all thank you for caring for your mental health. Of all the daily multi-vitamins to take, your laughter is the most important.

What have you laughed at today?

Published on: September 02, 2011
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Annie fell in love with words at a young age, knowing early she wanted to be a writer. She lives in the Kansas woods where she documents her life through the lens of her camera and the clicks of her keyboard.

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