A cruise down health and sanity’s Easy Street begins with the joy of laughing. From giggling to guffawing, experts hale laughter’s side-splitting benefits. Anything from a decrease in blood pressure and stress hormones; an increases in oxygen flow and creativity; and, ironically, to a great abdominal strengthening workout. Laughing is also a highly contagious mood elevator and a relationship icebreaker. It can be done individually or as a group. It benefits everything and costs nothing.
Laughing also helps us to expand and enliven the images of our stories.
Pick a story or a folktale you love. So …
Why do you like it?
What makes you laugh?
Which part or parts are funny? Why?
Next, pick a funny part. Really focus on what makes you laugh. Then laugh. Or maybe giggle, cackle or guffaw, it doesn’t matter. Just let it go and get going. Laugh, then laugh some more. It may feel fake at first but keep on going. Remember, laughter increases creativity and enhances physical and emotional well-being. The better we feel the more fun we have. Naturally our creatively sours and our story grows. Enjoy experiencing the moment. Laugh in the feelings and emotions connected to this part of your story. The more vividly alive and emotionally vibrant your story becomes, the easier it is to tell.
Now wipe away those tears. Take a few deep breaths to ease the abdominal muscles. Slog down a cup or two of water and revisit your story.
What did you like about the experience?
What changed during the experience?
What is so funny about what was funny?
What new ideas or refined images do you have now?
Are there any other parts of the story which pulls your attention in a humorous way or even a non-humorous way?
What new insights did this experience bring?
When it’s funny, we just have to laugh! Keep laughing. Keep experiencing and growing your story. Laugh, dance, snore, scream, cry … experience, enhance and enliven the images of your story. The more vivid the images, the more real your story becomes. The more vivid the images the easier it is to tell.
Until next time . . . Let your Storyographer’s Journey Continue!