How energizing does a great belly laugh feel? I’m so fortunate to have them often because fun and play are a huge part of my marriage, even when the going gets tough. At 37 years old, we still play “tickle time”, and it gets me every single time! Sometimes it’s even an icebreaker after a disagreement. I’m constantly amazed at just how good laughter is at releasing tension and when our bodies are free of tension, we’re relaxed and good health and healing takes place.
I was recently with my 85 year old Nan who is experiencing her fair share of ailments. We watched the movie Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston and while the movie cracks me up, I felt even more pleasure hearing my Nan laugh. She really laughed, with her whole body and mind and I was certain that in those moments, she forgot about the world and felt good.
Kids play and have fun all the time, that’s their only objective. At what point in our lives did we stop playing? Now, get togethers and parties involve alcohol and it seems if you want to increase the fun, you need to increase the alcohol. I myself don’t drink. I never have. But my friends certainly make up for it! It’s no secret that people use alcohol to have more fun, to really let their hair down and be free of their inhibitions. I’m often asked how on earth I can make it through a whole party sober.
The thing is, I’ve never been a drinker but my friends always have. How I do make my way through parties is by also letting my hair down. I just don’t need alcohol to do it. And plus, if everyone around me has over consumed, no one will notice my shenanigans…and I wake up in one piece the next day. It’s a win win!
So it seems true that even adults want to have fun, to play and forget about the world for a while. Who doesn’t want that right? It leaves me curious to know, how do you play and have fun and who are the people you have fun with?