Laugh every dayThis mind map is a tribute to Richard Carlson who left us many life changing books on happiness, stress reduction andself-transformation. In his book “Easier than you think” one of the chapters is called “Find a way to laugh every day”.Richard recounts a story of a day when he was taking everything really seriously, the world seemed against him, and hefelt overwhelmed, tired and grumpy. His state of mind meant that everything became exaggerated and blown out ofproportion.Richard’s wife Kris (you can follow her on Twitter @KristineCarlson http://twitter.com/KristineCarlson) had the perfectsolution. Whilst they sat in their car in a parking lot, she said “Richard, I’ll give you five dollars if you can look at yourselfin the mirror for an entire minute and not break into a laugh”Sounds easy, yet five seconds later a frowning face, became a smile, the smile transformed into a laugh and thelaughter turned to happy tears.Richard suggests we need to see the value in laughter instead of dismissing it as something frivolous or reserving it forgood times. Looking in a mirror is one way and you could devise many other creative ways to see the lighter side.Richard suggests examples such as time with kids, reading funny books or watching favourite comedy shows. He says“Laughing gets my mind off whatever it is that I’m taking too seriously”Here is an excerpt from the chapter:“The act of laughing serves as a powerful reset button and restores the big-picture outlook. Laughing is our mind’s wayof telling us that everything can and will be okay. When we laugh, our bodies release molecules called endorphins thatimmediately make us start feeling better. Simply put, laughing is the easiest and most natural way we have of feelingbetter immediately.”Next time you have a grumpy moment, try laughter with the “Laugh every day” concept suggested by Richard Carlson.I recommend the book “Easier than you think” and others by Richard Carlson.Illustrating the mind map made me smile – I hope it makes you smile too :)Further reading:Books by Richard Carlson such as:
Easier than you ThinkSlowing Down to the Speed of LifeStop Thinking & Start LivingThe “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” seriesUseful links:Visit the website of Kris Carlson http://www.kristinecarlson.com/Associated mind map:How to be funny Mind Map by Adam Sicinskihttp://www.shop.iqmatrix.com/IQ-Matrix-Posters-Life-Success/c38_40/p351/How-to-be-Funny/product_info.html
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