Friday, 25 August 2017 12:37

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A laugh is a smile that bursts.
Mary H. Waltdrip

A few years ago I attended a Personal Growth Course run by a local Counselling Organisation. In one of the exercises, we were required to ask three people to describe, to you, how they see you. In all my wisdom, I decided to ask a psychologist I knew for his impressions of me. A far cry from the graceful and serene I have always aspired to be, he described me as energetic, bordering on boisterous! At the time, I remember thinking, what, boisterous like a big dog?

Anyway, so the other morning, when Colt was super-excitedly bouncing around the bathroom, crying and gently nibbling the backs of my knees, urging me to hurry up and walk him, I have to admit, it reminded me, well, of myself! The boisterous bit at least.

Sense of humour is a funny thing, you either share it or you don’t, but if you do, it’s the most wonderful connection to have with another human being. My sense of humour can be a bit quirky and, oh my word, it appears in the most unlikely, and sometimes inappropriate, places. Laughter Yoga workshop? Nothing, not a single laugh. It was excruciating, I felt so self conscious that I could barely raise a smile.

Silent meditation hall? Yep, I have memories of, more than once, stumbling out a silent hall to roar with laughter over some small thing that tickled me no end. Or sitting in a shopping mall with a friend, doubled over, snorting with laughter at nothing but the simple joy of being alive.

According to Gurinder S. Bains, a Ph.D. candidate at Loma Linda University, who co-authored a study on the effects of laughter, there are many benefits to a good belly laugh. These include lowering blood pressure; reducing stress hormones; giving your abs a workout; boosting your immune system and triggering the release of feel good hormones.

So if anyone is in need of some cheering up today, here are links to a few things that have made me laugh out loud. Peter Kay – Misheard Song Lyrics; James Veitch responding to Internet scams; and Nina Conti at the Apollo.

I am going to leave you with my favourite childhood joke. Go up to someone and say to them, “Ask me if I’m an orange.” When the person says, “Are you an orange?” Say no and look at them funny. After doing it a few times, it’s hilarious. Go on, I dare you!

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Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching

I'm a Personal Development Life Coach who specialises in L.I.F.E (Living Into your Fullest Expression). Based in Richards Bay, on the East Coast of South Africa, I live with my long-suffering husband, (his description!), two much-loved dogs and care for my elderly father who has Alzheimer's.

Read more about me here.

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# Sheri 2017-09-14 07:48
Hahahahaha that is so funny. I might try that today. You know what else is funny? If someone ever looks at you funny, go closer and say "You can see me?" LOL
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-14 11:37
Lol, that is hilarious! Oooo I am so going to try it. Hahaha.
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# Louise 2017-09-14 03:04
This made me chuckle! I've not had the best of weeks this week so it felt good to give my cheek bones a bit of exercise :)

Louise x
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-14 11:36
Workout for cheekbones! Love it. I hope things ease up for you as we head towards the weekend, Louise.
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# David Elliott 2017-09-13 19:23
I cannot imagine asking someone to ask me if I am an orange. I think I would get some really strange looks. But I do love the humor behind everything and understand its significance. I will have to check this course out.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-13 20:33
Hahaha, it is exactly that strange look that makes me laugh, something about the absurdity of the question appeals to my sense of humour. You brave man if you are willing to try it!
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# Aditi 2017-09-13 08:57
This was such a good to read. Definitely, a good belly laugh is great for overall well-being, Thanks for adding to my well-being today. :D
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-13 20:27
What a divine response! Thank you Aditi.
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# Ali Rost 2017-09-13 04:53
This is the best! A few things from the week that have made me laugh? Teaching our dogs how to swim in the lake, Skyping with my 3-year-old grandson, and my husband's dry, witty jokes! x
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-13 20:26
Oh my word, those are all wonderful smiley memories. I love these, Ali, there is so much love in all your examples.
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# kallia 2017-09-12 22:29
Laughing is the best medicine. Actual studies have shown if you even force yourself to smile in times you feel sad, you can trick your brain into actually laughing.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-13 20:24
I have heard that before and find it so interesting, Kallia. It just goes to show we have so much more power over our state of mind than we realise.
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# Jean 2017-09-12 20:21
I think it's so important to laugh and see the funny side of life when you can. I'm lucky to be married to a man who makes me laugh and shared my sense of humour. And I love that peter Kay misheard lyrics set!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-13 20:22
How wonderful to be married to someone who makes you laugh, Jean! That has got to be one of the most atractive qualities in a man.
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# yukti 2017-09-12 08:49
A sense of humour is really healthy for life. Good Laugh is so useful for mental peace. Thanks for sharing!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-12 09:21
A belly laugh really does release feel good hormones which is fantastic for mental health.
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# jhilmil 2017-09-12 05:45
Ha ha, you got me a good laugh at the start of the day. I'm for sure gonna try that "Orange" joke, with multiple rounds, it'll be for sure a big fun laugh, lol.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-12 09:24
If you find it funny, be warned, you and I are probably the only two people in existence who do! Everyone else just looks at me strangely which makes me laugh more.
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# laura dove 2017-09-11 17:41
A sense of humour is the most important thing in life, if you can laugh about life then you will always find something to smile about. Love this.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-12 09:24
I find it's sort of infectious in a good way!
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# Familyearthtrek 2017-09-11 12:52
You put a smile upon my face with this post! It can cheer anybod up! I belive to that laughing (and along with other things) is like vitamin to your soul and body! Unfortunally both my husband and I are having difficult time to smile and laught...and we just talk about recently. Its like we have " a broom sticked up in our arse"...a french expression of being stift! But when I do crack up, I always have tears in my eyes!
Btw, I cant understand your joke abour being an orange!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-11 13:57
I'm sorry to hear you have been having a hard time recently, but I have to say, I love the saying you and your husband use! Oh, dear, I have a horrible feeling I am the only person in the whole world who finds the orange joke funny. There is a kind of absurdity to the whole ridiculousness of the question that makes me laugh every time.
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# Lyka 2017-09-11 11:07
I think sense of humor is one of the many Filipino assets. We just love jokes and laughing despite the problems that we face in our daily lives. It just feels great, isn't it? :)
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-11 14:00
It does, Lyka, and even in the midst of problems, being able to laugh is so strengthening,
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# kavita 2017-09-11 09:02
I always knew that belly laugh is good for health but your post gave the in depth benefits of a good laugh.Thanks for sharing.
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-11 13:59
It's a pleasure and I hope you get some serious laughs going over the next few days!
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# Yana 2017-09-11 07:02
I love a good belly laugh. Now that I know its healthy I'm going to try to laugh more often. ;) Thanks for the write up!
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# Tania Potter - Soul Sense Coaching 2017-09-11 13:59
Good on you, Yana! With all that's going on in the world, we need to laugh as much as we can.
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