My family loves to laugh. This past week my sister got home from an 18 month mission for our church and it was heaven to have her home.
Last night I was sitting on a couch with my two siblings just laughing about silly things. Someone came around the corner as we were mid crack-up and said they loved our laugh because you could tell we didn’t care how we looked or who was watching, we just all thought everything was funny. In my research I have thought a lot about why it is so easy for us to laugh.
I realized that when you are in a situation where something is potentially funny, you have a choice whether to laugh or not. If you choose not to laugh, you make them feel foolish and their true self closes up, or at least they don’t choose to share it with you. When you choose TO laugh, you help others feel secure in laughing or telling jokes because they know you will make them feel funny. This starts a cycle that, in my family, ends with everyone throwing their heads back in a roar of uncontrollable laughter. Our actions really do affect others more than we think, even something as simple as laughing.
I loved reading this article on the Power of Personal Influence. It discusses how every man has an atmosphere that is affecting every other person.
Into the hands of every individual is given a marvellous power for good or for evil,—the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what a man really is, not what he pretends to be. Every man, by his mere living, is radiating sympathy, or sorrow, or morbidness, or cynicism, or happiness, or hope, or any of a hundred other qualities. Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations.
When you make others feel like they are funny or smart you vicariously allow them to continue to gain confidence and continue to succeed. Your atmosphere puts them at ease and allows them to be their true self.
So my challenge today is to choose to laugh! I promise you will never regret it!