Life can be stressful. OK, I can say it – I have been a bit stressed recently! I have had a lot on my plate recently – but I am still loving life and having a blast. But right before Christmas I started realizing that the signs of stress were showing through: I was getting angrier faster, I was tired more often, and I was not smiling. Yep, I use smiling and laughter as a sign of how I am doing. I have always been a pretty happy person. I even smiled on the day I was born, a rare thing for newborns. The doctors thought I might have a few screws loose (they might have been right), but my mom knew I was just a happy baby.
I love to laugh, be goofy, and not take myself too seriously. I figure if you can learn to laugh at yourself you will never run out of material! So when I found myself, before Christmas, smiling and laughing less, I knew I needed to get back on track. Over my Christmas vacation I intentionally made time to talk with God. I took some time on the drive to southern California to pray, I went for a hike, and I made a commitment to lighten up and laugh more. So far it has been much better. I find some things every day to laugh at. I make sure all the movies I watch aren’t dramas – which is tough these days; everything is so serious! I have also found that when I talk to others – with laughter and hope and a little sprinkling of sarcasm – that they start to laugh more as well. I like this life much more; I like who I am more when I am following God and laughing.
So here is an invitation to God’s joy. Find a way, every day, to smile and laugh. And if you got a joke to share, pass it along!