Well, we are in it. It is the worst of times. It is the best of times. It’s all how you perceive what’s going on now.
I don’t want to make light of what’s happening on our planet right now, but there is good that can come out of it, and we really have to look at how to create an emotional climate that will support people.
So, one of the things I’ve looked at for years, and one of the things I’ve taught in all of my groups is the power of a good belly laugh, and there’s tons of research about how a good laugh is good for your heart. It’s good for your mind. It’s good for the people around you. It’s a positive infectious way of being.
So, did you know that children laugh? I don’t know something like, let me see. I wrote this statistic now, 200 times a day while adults usually laugh, maybe 26 times, and in these days, we’re not laughing at all. So, I’m going to tell you a joke right now, and just notice if you think it’s funny. If it makes you laugh, how you feel after.
I say it, but it’s been going around the world literally. I’ve heard it from people in Australia and people in New Zealand and people in Europe that we talk with.
Here’s how it goes: Some two men with masks on and gloves on, walk into a bank and everybody starts screaming. Get away from them. It’s the virus! And they look around and they go, “No, no we’re here to be, where robbers. We’re here to rob you.”
So, there you go, it’s all in the perception. The first time I heard that, I did have a good laugh because it sort of relieved some of the tension, and that’s what happens when you have a good laugh, and when you laugh with people, they laugh back and you’re kind of breathing together. So, my biggest suggestion for right now, is find something that has some humor. Pass it around. Call somebody you know is lonely or feeling down with everything that’s going on.
Tell them a joke. Any joke. Now, the other piece is, please ask permission before you do it. Ask permission when you’re talking with an individual. Say, “I found something that I thought was kind of funny or cute or clever or whatever, and I’d love to share it,” and if they’re in, the really deep dark place that they can’t hear anything. Let it go but if they’re kind of moving up into a place where they can kind of gain a better perspective, tell them a joke.
I know I put something on my women leaders inner circle that I thought was pretty funny, and now I’m seeing it everywhere and it’s since we’re in not quite lockdown, but stay at home right now, and all the stores are closed especially right now in certain states. One of the things that said is, within a month we’re going to know the true color of our hair and it’s the truth.
So, let’s keep each other up. Help pull each other up. That’s what we need to do in these days.
So, if you have a joke that’s really fun, please put it on social media. Put it on the inner circle, if you’re part of that. Call someone. Tell them something. Make them laugh. Laugh, so that the worst of times don’t have to stay there.
We’re all in it together, and please no one’s going to win unless we all do.
So, that’s it for today.
Let’s keep deep breathing. Let’s keep exercising and you know what? Let’s keep laughing. This is to your success and to the end of this difficult time. Bless you all!