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Laughter into Gratitude
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Laughter into Gratitude

Combine laughter and gratitude for powerful results.

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- Hi, there! My name is Natalie Madsen. I'm an actress and comedian. And today, I wanted to talk to you about the importance of laughter when it comes to gratitude. So in comedy, there's three basic pillars of comedy. It's conflict, desperation, and the unexpected. That also kinda works for life. In life, there's conflict, there's, of course, desperation and definitely the unexpected. Have you ever had that feeling when you're crying over something really sad and then suddenly you start to belly laugh? It's honestly one of my favorite feelings you could ever have. It always reminds me that even in the lowest of lows, there's still something to laugh about. Having joy and laughter isn't the absence of sorrow, but the accepting of it. With that in mind, I wanted to give you three things to try today that can hopefully bring more laughter into your life and also gratitude. The first thing is to look. Look for things in your life that maybe you're taking a little too seriously and see if there's anything funny about it. A few years back, my husband and I had saved and saved for years to be able to put down a small down payment on an apartment. During this process of trying to buy the house, we got an email from the bank saying that there was a chance we were gonna lose that deposit. We were devastated. I was crying, it was, like, the worse nightmare. We were absolutely devastated. And at the time, we had a three-year-old toddler. He came into the room, saw how sad we were, and brought in a little quarter and said, "Here, mommy, I have money." We busted up laughing and it helped us realize all the things that we do have instead of the things that we don't. It helped us realize we had a healthy child. We, ourselves, were healthy. We had jobs, we had stable lives. There was so much to still be grateful for even in such a devastating moment. Tip number two is as you find things to laugh at in your life, share it with other people, share it with your loved ones. There's nothing better than laughing with someone about a shared experience. It helps us feel more connection and therefore more gratitude to the world around us. Tip number three might be pretty obvious, but hang in there with me. It's laugh. I don't mean LOL, I don't mean type out, "Haha," I mean physically laugh. The physical act of laughing helps us with both our physical and mental health, and we all know that laughter is best medicine, but did you know that's actually backed up by science? The physical act of laughing swaps cortisol in our bloodstream with dopamine, oxycontin, and endorphins, all happy hormones. Oxytocin, especially, is known as the empathy or binding hormone. When we're able to laugh with someone or about something, we get physically binded to that. So when we physically laugh, our brain chemistry helps us to feel connection. Laughter also works physically as a calming technique. It reduces the limbic response that's associated with the flight or fight reactions that we naturally have. So in other words, the physical act of laughing can decrease our heart rate, relieve muscle tension, and make us physically healthier. Laughter also helps our brain think more clearly, creatively, and obviously feel more connection not only to others, but also to a higher power. So this holiday season, the next time you laugh, I also want you to take it a step further and think of something you can be grateful for within that funny moment. Laughter can help us reframe our thinking into a higher perspective. Laughter can also help us find things that we wouldn't necessarily call out otherwise. It can help us see more things around us to be grateful for. So I challenge you over the next 24 hours to look for more things to laugh at, share what you find with others, and physically laugh. It will help you feel more gratitude.

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