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4 tips on how to laugh through the hard times

Laughter may not solve your problems, but it does make a situation lighter.
Mayra Bitsko, FamilyShare Modified: June 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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Laughing is the farthest from our minds when things are not going good. We consume ourselves in sadness, tears and anger. Many of us wonder if we will ever catch a break from it all. But then we hear someone laugh or hear a joke that makes us laugh. Suddenly, we smile or chuckle. For that moment, we allowed the light to shine in on us.

Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D. says, “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” I couldn’t agree more. I grew up hearing laughter during the best of times and the worst of times. Laughter is healthy. Laughter keeps us moving forward.

For example, during my grandfather’s funeral last year, someone asked me why jokes were being shared and laughter echoed in the room. I explained that the same way we shed tears and prayed for Grandpa, he would want us to laugh as well. He used to laugh all the time no matter the situation. And his laughter wasn’t because he didn’t take what was happening seriously; it was because he felt laughter eased the stress and pain. He taught his children, grandkids, and great grandkids to always see the brighter side of things.

We learned to cry, scream, hurt and become angry. Why can’t we learn to laugh? It is okay to do so. Here are some ways to make that happen:

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