August 3, 2016
By: Susan Asunmaa*
When it comes to my health, I am admittedly a work in progress. I love the aspect of continually learning, working and striving to live the life of healthy possibilities, and with that said, I am most appreciative of the healthy things that are priceless and free for the taking, like laughter and a sense of humor. I could not imagine a day without laughter and certainly thankful for embracing how positive and effective a sense of humor is.
If the saying holds true that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” then I am very much my mother’s daughter, as laughter and a good sense of humor came along to me at a very early age and lets just say, they’ve played well into my life and continue to do so!
There are many moments in my life that bring me back to tears of laughter and far too many to share here, but trust me when you show up at the hospital emergency room because you’ve gotten deodorant into your eye and oh yes, it was roll-on deodorant you know you’d better have a sense of humor for what unfolds! The not one, but two doctors treating me had no issue with finding the humor! And of course, then there was the time while traveling to Greece, that my travel companion and I mistakenly got off the ship too soon and were more or less thrown into a small boat, filled with vegetables and a few of the locals, only to discover when we got off the boat that we were now at the wrong end of the island and it would take us many more hours to arrive at our original destination, in the middle of night, no less! All we could do is laugh at the adventure we had gotten ourselves into! At the end of day, I wish I could say these are isolated events in my life but the answer is no, humor and laughter have woven themselves beautifully throughout. At this point in my life, I definitely have enough material for a book, so you never know, but for now, I hold the past memories with a smile and the future is an open door.
Laughter is healthy medicine. Nothing works faster at bringing balance back to the mind and body then a good laugh. Humor lightens our burdens, connects us to others, brings hope, keeps us grounded and provides us the ability to heal and renew our spirit. I know without question that laughter is good for the soul and I have also discovered that during the difficult moments in my life that laughter mixed with tears can heal the soul.
Still not convinced, here are just a few reasons why we need to embrace the benefits of laughter:
Again, I can’t imagine a life without laughter and with that, not being able to laugh at myself; and all that life seems to throw my way. Find your sense of humor and you’ll discover that most things in life aren’t so serious!
Still sitting on the fence, well why not start by spending time with fun, playful people. You know the ones, they’re not hard to find; they smile easily. Now here’s the real dare, why not ask them “what’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?” and I dare you not to laugh!
So here’s to embracing your sense of humor and enjoying the benefits of laughter!
(original blog post October 29, 2012)
About our Guest Blogger:
Susan Asunmaa, Entrepreneur & Consultant
Today, on International Women’s Day, I have chosen to profile Laurel Walzak, the female co-founder of Fitneff Inc. Laurel has been successful in so many areas of her career - first as a trailblazer in the sports business industry, then as an entrepreneur and most recently as an Assistant Professor of Sports Media at Ryerson University.
Laurel also spends a great deal of her time and energy outside the office in efforts to advance the careers of young women who are making their start. I asked Laurel some important questions about the role of women in business, and the role that she plays in advocating for other women in her life.
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Now, he's literally taking steps toward better health without compromising his productivity. Read how he's no longer sitting down on the job with the Walktop Treadmill desk by Fitneff.