Seriously Living or Living Too Seriously

“If you can’t find a reason to laugh every day, you’re taking life too seriously.”- Koi Fresco

Things need to be taken seriously. Being serious about a relationship, a job, a class, an idea, or anything for that matter is not a bad thing. Coming from someone who has a tendency to take things too personally or to take things too seriously, I want us to grow together and realize that life is too short to live so seriously. We need to start seriously living! Let’s start today.

When was the last time you freaked out when you got that B and not that A or have you ever stressed for being five minutes late to an event? Life has plenty of worries of it’s own so the stress that we put on ourselves to live a structured and serious life isn’t really living.

We aren’t called to add more stress in this crazy and amazing world we live in. We are called to be a light in any darkness. I have always been told that I grew up too fast…sound like you too? We forget that seriously living requires us to not only get the work done, to be there on time, or to follow the rules, but to laugh each and every day.

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According to the Scientific American Blog, laughter is the best pain medicine because it releases our brain’s “feel good” chemicals and positive endorphins that allow our bodies to “ignore pain.” How cool is that? Laughter heals!

I can remember some of my favorite memories that consist of laughing so hard until tears rolled down my face. We shouldn’t shed tears because we worry about the expectations of others and meeting them. Taking every comment a friend says personally, beating ourselves up over eating a dessert, or over analyzing what our future consists of is going to wash our happiness away.

Our hearts not only need the proper nutrients to keep us alive, but our hearts need happiness to drive us forward. We eat to live and we live to grow our hearts and minds. This isn’t a serious concept. This is a realization that sometimes we need to remind ourselves of.

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Happiness can be hard to find when we are living too seriously; however, if we seriously start living today, we are going to live a long and full life.

Coming from someone who has lived a long, full life, I read this article that I wrote about in my journal about a 92-year-old woman who shares her secret to happiness. After being married for over 70 years (yes this love exists) she moved into a nursing home where she gave some incite that is worth sharing-

“Happiness is something you decide a head of time…it’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the parts of my body that don’t work anymore, or be thankful for the one’s that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Remember the five simple rules to being happy-“

Free your heart from hatred

Free your mind from worries

Live simply

Give more

Expect less

Couldn’t agree more. Let’s seriously live like there is no tomorrow.

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