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What is Laughter Yoga? + How You Can Use It To Make Your Life More Awesome! | EP 20

Do you ever just want more happiness in your life?

Do you ever long to laugh, giggle, smile and feel good?

Do you ever wonder… “How can I put more of these good, awesome feelings into my life?!?!”

Well, you’re in luck because today I’m going to show you how you can make your life super awesome with a little something called Laughter Yoga. 

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Okay… so what is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a unique form of group exercise where anyone can laugh for no reason! You don’t need jokes, humor, or comedy to participate in laughter yoga (though funny faces and silliness can definitely be involved). 

Laughter is initiated in the group through various exercises and soon turns into real, contagious laughter through eye contact and childlike playfulness.

It’s called Laughter Yoga because it combines laughing with yoga breathing techniques, not because you’ll be doing any downward facing dog poses. However, stretching can be a part of laughter yoga sessions. This combination of laughter and yoga breathing brings more oxygen to the body and the brain, while expelling stale air in the lungs. This makes one feel more energetic and healthy after practicing laughter yoga.

Laughter Yoga is based on scientific research, which states that the body can’t distinguish between real and fake laughter, if done with willingness. You get the same benefits either way. So, even if you aren’t feeling particularly joyful, you can stimulate laughter and eventually it will become real, making you feel much more awesome. You can read up on the latest research on Laughter Yoga at LaughterYoga.org.

It was started in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria in a Mumbai park with just 5 people in India. Since then, Laughter Yoga has exploded! There are now over 1,000 laughter clubs in over 100 countries around the world.

So, you know why laughter is important, but why do you need laughter yoga?

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3 Reasons Why You Should Practice Laughter Yoga

Laughter should be sustained for at least 10-15 minutes to get the maximum health benefits. When was the last time you laughed for 10-15 minutes on command? Probably never, unless you’re just naturally giggly. This is why you should practice laughter yoga! You can use the exercises to stimulate a sustained 10-15 minutes of laughter. Since it is a form of exercise, you can laugh as long as you want. When we laugh throughout the day, it’s usually only for 3-4 seconds at a time. This is not nearly long enough to get the full benefits of laughing.

Laughter should be deep and hearty laughter from the diaphragm. It should be a big belly laugh, which is not always socially acceptable. Laughter yoga provides as safe environment to belly laugh to your heart’s content!

Don’t leave your laughter to chance. Laughter yoga is laughing unconditionally. You don’t have to wait for something funny to happen. You make laughter happen at any time. If you leave laughter to chance, based on humor, it may not happen. Use laughter yoga to be sure that you get the health and mood boosting benefits of laughing in your life.

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How Often Should You Laugh?

Ideally, you should laugh for 10-15 minutes every day. If you’ve never done this before, that can be a lot of laughing. Try to practice your laughter exercises as often as you can and work up to every day if possible. Just make sure that you get your 10-15 minutes in at a time. Remember, it’s gotta be sustained! Don’t just laugh for 3 minutes in the morning and then laugh 4 more minutes later that day. Unless that’s in addition to your 10-15 minute practice ;D

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A word about safety and laughter

Just like any other type of exercise, you may want to take precautions if you have certain medical conditions. Including hernia, incontinence, hemorrhoids, heart problems, chest pain, pregnancy, major surgeries, epilepsy, cold and flu, or severe backache. If you have any of these conditions, first consult your doctor before practicing Laughter Yoga.

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Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga has sooooo many health benefits! The best part is that you can start feeling the benefits of laughter right away. It is especially good for increasing energy, reducing stress-related illnesses, and balancing your emotional state. Research has shown that laughing causes a kind of “internal jogging” that massages your internal organs and increases circulation, which flushes your body of toxins and allows you to operate at peak performance!

Here are five awesome health benefits of laughter yoga:

  1. Laughter yoga will instantly increase your mood and you’ll find yourself bursting into more spontaneous laughter throughout the day

  2. Laughter yoga is a healthy exercise that brings more oxygen into the body, reducing physical, mental, and emotional stress all at the same time.

  3. Laughter yoga strengthens the immune system and, according to my training manual, may help a variety of conditions, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, menstrual disorders, cancer and many others. 

  4. Laughter yoga will improve relationships because laughter is a positive energy that allows you to connect with others more easily.

  5. Laughter yoga gives you a positive attitude, even in tough times, by increasing your optimism and positive mental state.

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Do a one minute laughter challenge!

Start at minute 8:45 of the episode to join in on the laughter challenge! We are going to laugh for one minute straight for no reason at all, other than I told you to!

Make sure that you are somewhere you can do this privately, otherwise you will probably get some pretty interesting looks from other people.

If someone else is around, get them to join in with you! It’s much easier to do a laughter challenge with others.

If you are by yourself, shrug your shoulders while laughing, as if saying “I don’t know why I’m laughing!”. Looking in a mirror can also be really helpful to make yourself laugh longer :)

Alright! Let’s do this! :D

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What did you think!?!

How do you feel? Do you feel more energized?!! Maybe a bit out of breath? Sounds like you need more practice :D

Are you curious about what laughter yoga exercises look like? Do you want to try more? Do you think this whole thing is crazy (yet you listened this far into the recording? Whatever your response… I want to hear about it! Comment below or send me a message on Instagram @positivelydelighted

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How to Celebrate Your Wins (Even When You’re Feeling Discouraged) | EP 19

Hey friend.

I know that you have big dreams and you are out there, trying to show up, move forward towards your dreams, and make things happen.

And some days, you are on top of the highest mountain, shouting your victories for all the world to hear. Then, the next day (or actually maybe just 10 minutes after the whole top of the mountain moment)… you’re feeling like you just got pushed off the mountain that only minutes ago you had conquered.

When this happens (and it will happen often), it’s so important to have the right mindset and to keep the good and the bad events of your life in perspective. Today, we are going to talk about how to celebrate your wins, even when you are feeling discouraged.

When you take the time to celebrate your wins, you just might find that you haven’t actually tumbled too far down the mountain. Maybe you’ve even found a shortcut or another path that you didn’t see before.

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How this topic came about

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately because I’ve been trying to do all the things (as usual). Because of this, I’ve gotten behind on podcast episodes. When I started this podcast, I set a goal to get out an episode every week and in November I published one interview. That interview was amazing though! It’s with Kwame Christian on how to negotiate and you should listen to it :D

When you don’t hit a goal it’s easy to get disappointed or discouraged. I know I have been! I’ve had thoughts like… “What have I been doing with my time?! Just watching Hallmark Christmas movies?!”

Maybe… but I’ve done other things too! And there is nothing wrong with watching Hallmark Christmas movies ya’ll <3

As soon as you start to have these types of discouraging thoughts, it’s good to take a minute and think about what you have accomplished and celebrate those wins.

For example:

I may have published only one interview for the podcast this month, but I did accomplish a lot of other things.

When you stop to think about what you have accomplished and celebrate your wins, you realize that you have been making progress all along. Now, you can reassess your goals and continue to move forward. Getting out at least one episode a week is still very important to me, so now I can reconfirm this goal and reprioritize my schedule to make this happen.

Here are some tips for how to celebrate your wins, even when you’re feeling discouraged.

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when you are discouraged

It can be really hard to celebrate when bad things happen. It’s typically not the first response in these situations, but everything happens for a reason. What you’re going to do in this stage is figure out what that reason is.

You’re going to do a practice called “Looking for the Lesson and the Gift”. This comes from a book called Happy for No Reason, by Marci Shimoff. This is one of my absolute favorite books and resources for happiness.

Here is what you’ll do:

When something bad happens and you’re feeling discouraged, ask yourself these questions:

  • If there was a lesson here to be learned… what would it be?

  • And if there was a gift in this situation, what would that gift be?

Here’s an example:

Say you went through a breakup. It was not something you wanted to go through and you are pretty upset about it. What’s the lesson and the gift here? Well, maybe the lesson is that you were dating the wrong type of person and the gift is that now you have the freedom to find someone else.

You may not be super happy with the lesson and the gift that you are receiving in that moment, but the important thing is that you can identify a lesson and a gift in your situation.

Another example:

Since I launched my album “Music & Lyrics” back in August, I’ve been trying all kinds of promotional activities to sell more albums. Sometimes, I’ll have the greatest idea ever and immediately sell some CDs. Sometimes, I’ll have the greatest idea ever and not have a single sale. This rollercoaster can be really frustrating! But when something doesn’t work out, there is a lesson (I need to try something else) and a gift (knowledge of what to do next time).

After you determine your lesson and your gift, you can use the other ideas in this post to celebrate those as wins.

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remember to Celebrate the good too

It’s so easy to take the wins and good things in our life for granted, or even just move on from that excitement too quickly. We get excited for a minute and then say “Great! Now what?”

If something good happens to you today, take the time to be grateful and share your wins. Think of all the wonderful things that happened to you today. Really let it fill you up and be grateful for it in this moment.

When you take the time to appreciate the good and celebrate yourself, you’ll attract more things into your life that you can celebrate and be grateful for.

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Keep a win log

When something great happens, write it down in a notebook, just like you would with a gratitude journal. This will be your win log of all the wonderful things you have accomplished and all of your successes.

Write down the big accomplishes and the small. Write down all of your lessons and gifts too! Remember the day you made the first dollar in your business. Celebrate the fact that you worked out three times this week. Write down any and all wins you can think of.

Your win log will be a great resource when you are feeling discouraged and will give you motivation to reach your goals.

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Share your wins

When something awesome happens, share it! Tell your friends, family, accountability partner, mastermind group, etc. Share your wins with each other and then celebrate all the wins together! It’s even more powerful when you add more people to the celebration.

Make sure that when you are sharing, it’s with someone who will be a positive influence. You want someone who can help you look for the lesson and the gift and then celebrate all of your accomplishments. Then, you want to be able to do the same for them.

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Throw yourself a party!

This is where we really get to the celebration of this topic. This is where you turn on some music, throw your hands up in the air, and celebrate the amazingness of the things you have accomplished. Pamper yourself, treat yourself, and most of all just feel good! Have a DIY spa day, take a nap, read a great book, take a break, or anything else to just celebrate and be present in this moment.

Here is the most important thing you can do to celebrate your wins:

Stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eye (in the eye is very important). Say to yourself “You’re doing a great job and I am proud of you.”

Then do some fist pumps in the air and get all giddy about it!

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I hope this has been helpful for you and I want you to take the time to celebrate your wins, even when you are feeling discouraged. Everything happens for a reason and I’m right there with you, looking for the lesson and the gift every day.

We’re doers, we’re dreamers, and we’re out there making things happen. Remember to stay in the moment and be grateful for all of your wins.

I believe in you. You got this!

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How to Create a Vision Board with Pinterest

What is a vision board?

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals, dreams, inspiration, and desires. It’s a tool to help you visualize what you want in life.

Usually, a vision board is a physical board, like a corkboard with printed images, but for these digital times I wanted to make an updated version of a vision board that you can take anywhere! 

Since Pinterest is awesome and has hundreds of thousands of images to pin from, it seemed the perfect tool to use.

This stuff really works

When I was in high school, I created a picture that said "Senior Class of 2010". I was homeschooled at the time and about half a year "behind" compared to the normal school year, due to our RV travel lifestyle.

To graduate by the end of 2010 would mean that I would have to complete 2 years of school in one year. I had no idea how I was going to do this (and my parents definitely didn't see how it would happen), but every day I woke up and that sign was the first thing I saw.

In the next few months, I discovered the possibility of taking the GED exam. If I passed that one test, I would be done with high school forever! I made a deal with my parents that if I could skip my senior year, I would study completely for the SAT exam to get into college and take the GED to finish high school.

In December of 2010, I completed the GED exam and received my certificate in January. I was able to enjoy the next 7 months to study all kinds of awesome subjects that I'd always wanted to study, play shows, volunteer, and travel more before college. 

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When you focus on what you want, you'll start to notice things you didn't see before. You'll find a path to where you want to go. You don't have to know the "how" in the beginning, just focus on what you want. The how will follow.

So let's start making things happen!

Step 1: Make a list of what you want on your vision board

When you’re creating your list of items to include on your vision board, ask yourself these questions:

  • If you could be, do, or have anything, what would it be? Think of all areas of your life and get really specific.

  • What inspires you (places, books, songs, movies, favorite animals, etc)?

  • Who do you look up to (business owners, influential leaders, singers, actors)?

Step 2: Search for photos!

Here are some examples of what to look for on Pinterest:

Travel: Look for photos of the places you want to go. Do you want to spend time on the beach in Bali? Pin photos of the beach in Bali! Or maybe you want to go hiking in the Grand Canyon. See if you can find really beautiful photos that resonates with you.

Health: Search for the type of foods that you want to eat, the clothes you want to wear, or the exercises you want to do.

Career: Find photos of the type of job you want, the space you want to work in, or articles about your ideal job.

Family: Search for photos of families having fun together, activities to do together, or photos of family vacations.

Love: Look for photos of happy couples, date ideas, engagement photos, or wedding photos.

Friendship: Find photos of girl’s weekends, friendship quotes, or photos of friends having fun together.

Experiences: Search for the specific experiences that you would like to have. If you want to paddleboard on a lake, have a mermaid photoshoot, be a Disney princess, climb a mountain, jump out of a plane, or take hammock naps, put it in your board!

Role models: Find photos of your role models for all areas of your life. If you are a singer, look for photos of your favorite singer performing or showing personality. If you are a girl boss, look for photos of your favorite female CEOs.

What’s on my vision board

On my vision board, you will find photos of DisneyWorld, beautiful places around the world that I want to visit, and things I want to learn (like reiki, origami, salsa dancing, etc). You’ll also find people who inspire me, such as Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Hunter Hayes, Emma Watson, and more.

Then, you’ll see some of my future desires, like pictures of loving couples in wedding photos and adorable families on vacation. Other photos are just for fun, like photos of my favorite animals making silly faces. 

The point is that you want to have photos that make you smile and get you excited for your future.

Click here to see my vision board!

 My vision board holds images of my dreams, role models, and reminders of what i'm working towards.

My vision board holds images of my dreams, role models, and reminders of what i'm working towards.

How to use your vision board

Set aside time every day to revisit your vision board. Spend 5-10 minutes looking through your photos and visualizing yourself having those experiences.

See yourself hanging out with your role models and learning from them. Visualize yourself visiting the places on your bucket list.

Really try to include your senses. For example, if you are on a beach, hear the waves rolling onto the sand, feel the sand beneath your fingers and the wind on your face, and smell the salt in the air.

Each photo will become a movie in your mind. You can create your movie however you want to. Have fun with this! Take your time to set up your visualizations in the beginning and over time, they will become easier to recall.

Then, whenever you have some free time (waiting in line at the doctor’s office, on a break at work, etc) you can recall some of your visualizations and feel the feeling of having it now.

Once you have these images in your mind, feel the emotion that you will feel when you really have it. Believe that it is yours. 

If you can see it in your mind, you’ll see it in your life :)

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