Each day, there are a few things I intentionally try to do, in order to consider it a productive day. First and foremost, I need time with Jesus, whether that be in prayer or in His Word or both. Either way, each day, I need to talk to Him and continue to develop my relationship with Him.
Also, I want to drink coffee. Yet again, I say, drinking coffee is more than getting my daily caffeine fix—although it is an added bonus. Drinking coffee is an experience for me. I love every bit of the process.
However, no matter how my day is, even if I am distant from Jesus or if I am on a caffeine binge, I always make it a point to laugh each day. I wholeheartedly believe the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Those who know me instantly learn how much I love to laugh. Unashamedly, I am the person who chuckles at hearing myself laugh. It’s just who I am. I am also that person who does not mildly laugh either. My laughter comes from the bottom of my gut, practically. I get a little obnoxious about it, which I am sure drives some people crazy, but it is one of my most treasured qualities. I have always been the type of person who gives 110 percent to an effort, so why hold back when I laugh?
My daily intention also spreads to those I come into contact with. As an introvert, I tend to use jokes or slight sarcasm to break barriers and begin building relationships with others. It brings me indescribable joy to see others enjoy fellowship filled with laughter. It brings people together on such a deep, personal level.
To tell you the truth, that very idea of one-of-a-kind fellowship is what got me through some of the darkest days before I knew Jesus. Growing up, I struggled with anger and bitterness. I struggled to process emotions and overall life. However, laughing, at least, one time each day, is exactly what I needed to realize I could deal with my life circumstances.
It also made me realize I needed to be intentional in sharing the joy with others. It’s a cliché, yes. But, seriously, you never know what someone is going through. Spread the joy of laughter. It maybe the light of Jesus someone needs, in that very moment.
I’m not going to list all the scientific health reasons why laughing is good for you because that’s simply not the type of person I am. However, I will say that finding joy in life through laughter is far better than being angry and bitter. Take it from someone who daily handles the battle of anger management. Second to Jesus, learning to find joy and laugh even just once each day, also made me realize life is way too short to spend it angry.
Today, my take away for you is simple–don’t waste your days. Laugh each and every single day. If you do not like the sound of your own laugh or are embarrassed by the way you look when you do, focus on the benefits and do it anyway. If I focused on how I looked or sounded in the moment, I would never laugh again. Quite frankly, I would no longer be my unique self if that happened.