Take the Time to Laugh...

You probably saw this title and thought, “ why would I laugh right now” followed by the list of reasons why you wouldn’t/ shouldn’t laugh. I’ve been there. Nothing frustrated me more than people telling me to “ just laugh it off; there are people with so many more problems!” While I knew this was true, it didn’t change the fact that I was knee deep in poop, pee, and any other bodily fluids my toddler felt like ejecting from his body that morning.

I tried to laugh at the little things; sometimes it helped, other times it did not. It especially didn’t work when I tried to laugh over a spilt cup of milk. My toddler thought it gave him carte blanche to repeatedly drop his cup since it made mommy laugh. Other days, I just began to laugh for no reason and I thought I was losing my mind. What I did notice, was that the more I allowed myself to laugh, the easier the day became. The stress was still there, but my body did not feel as tense as before.

Sometimes, my husband would do things that drove me up the wall, and I wondered why on earth I chose to marry him, and other times, he did the most adorable things that warranted laughter. Not only did I feel more relaxed, but our bond intensified, as did my relationship with my children. We only get one life, and one of the easiest ways to lessen the tension is to sit back and have a good laugh.