Everyone should start off by giving themselves a pat on the back…..WELL DONE!!! You got through all nine experiments. By now, I will assume you are all extremely excited. For the most part, the experiments were a huge success. You don’t have to take anyone else’s word for it, you proved it for yourself. Jump in the air, whoop, star jump, moonwalk, clap, laugh out loud…..however you wish to express your joy….go for it!!
I personally loved the last experiment. I showered everyone and everything with gratitude. The more grateful I was, the easier things flowed. When I got caught up in drama or negativity, the more things came to a screaming halt!! Which made me smile, as that in itself was undeniable proof. Yes, this week saw beautiful, easy flowing predicaments in my life and an occasional muddy turd thrown in, just to make sure I realised that it was me controlling how I felt and what was happening. Gee, I really appreciate that muddy turd, it made me look at myself during that time and realise that it was reflecting exactly how I was feeling inside. Appreciation……must be the simplest of exercises and the most pleasurable. It can turn any situation, any feeling upside down and back to front.
The last experiment in E-Squared sets us up for the beginning of the next nine experiments in E-Cubed.
Are you ready? Are your engines revved and ready for take-off? Do you need to psych yourself up? Are you so thrilled with the last nine experiments that you’re skimming this week’s article, looking for the next one? I won’t leave you in suspense anymore….here it comes!!
The next experiment on our fantabulous journey is all about being happy with some crazy fun and silliness thrown in!
“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon, British musician and founding member of The Beatles
That about sums it up. The whole purpose of life is to encompass and exude joy.
Have you heard of Laughter Yoga? Laughter Yoga is the combination of yogic breathing (Pranayama) and laughter. Yoga Laughter was created by Dr Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai. Dr Kataria started the first laughter club in 1995 and today it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 laughter clubs worldwide.
Laughter has been scientifically proven to lower stress hormones in the blood. It doesn’t matter whether you have a good belly laugh after hearing a joke or whether you force yourself to laugh and it is fake. The body still gets the same physiological benefits. I dare anyone to force themselves to laugh and not end up in fits of uncontrollable laughter.
This is the perfect way to launch yourself like a bullet towards being in alignment with all that you are and all that you desire. There are numerous studies that say children laugh so often and adults laugh much less, however, to put an exact amount on this is quite silly as each child and adult is uniquely different. We all understand though, that laughing comes naturally to children. They are still in the moment, laughing at everything and nothing. As we age, we have grown accustomed to being more serious. We look at everything through the lens of worry and frustration. We love to tell people that they aren’t funny, that what they are looking at isn’t funny and how you really shouldn’t laugh at that. Why? What is so wrong with laughing and silliness?
I noticed this when I was living in London. The first day I arrived with my ridiculously large suitcase (you just never know what you are going to need) and went from the airport directly to the ‘tube’ (London subway), I boarded the train and proceeded to talk to my friends, who were also travelling but were sensible enough to take small suitcases. In Brisbane when our trains start to move they gently roll, gathering momentum. In London, they take off like a bullet. I was not prepared for this and when the train lurched forward, my luggage wasn’t the only thing that fell over. I ended up doing a massive ‘trying not fall over’ run down the centre of the aisle, only to finally fall over at the back of the car. I dragged myself up and looked back at my friends. They were all keeled over with tears of laughter streaming down their faces, however, as I looked around the train all the ‘Londoners’ were straight faced and looking like nothing had just happened. That is what set me off. I then couldn’t stop laughing. Here was this ridiculous Australian girl, who was silly enough to not hang on and who had just tumbled down the aisle and they were looking like they had just read a boring essay while sipping a bitter cup of coffee.
This happened quite often in London. A running joke with my husband is trying to think of a place where I didn’t fall over….there aren’t many. I fell over on the tube, on the bus, down the stairs, at the curb (just standing there waiting for the lights to change…..not even moving! Lol) at the stations, in the restaurants. Yes, I was very clumsy and every time I fell, I got no response except from my friends. Come to think of it, no one even stopped to see if I was okay but that is a whole other kettle of fish.
Laughing is fun. Laughing feels good. Laughing puts you in the right frame of mind, no matter how you were feeling beforehand.
To find out where your local laughter day event is being held, I strongly advise a trip to their site http://laughteryoga-australia.org/ and go and take part whilst having some fun. The annual World Laughter Day is on the first Sunday in May. Check out the website for locations.
The Experiment this week involves three ‘games’ with an extra one thrown in for extra credit. The following are excerpts taken directly from E-Cubed by Pam Grout
Game 1: The Right Side of the Bed (or Start your Day with a Laugh Track)
Okay, so this game involves music and a couple of easy movements that I call calisthenics for big-ass manifesting. Using the first five minutes of your day to feel good is like programming a destination into your GPS, like fixing your eye on the spot where you want your golf ball to land.
- Listen to one or more of these songs, all easily accessible on your phone (maybe it could be your alarm?) or your computer:
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
- “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
- “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
- “I Believe I can Fly” by R. Kelly
- “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
- “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang
- “I Feel Good” by James Brown
- “I gotta Feeling” by Black Eyes Peas
- Perform the following series of movements:
- Pump your fist in the air complete with glee. Repeat five times.
- Pretend you’re a Latin American soccer player who just made a goal. In the finals. When the score was tied.
- Do the Harlem Shuffle on your way to the bathroom in the morning. Before you brush your teeth.
- Go outside and stretch your arms wide to salute the sun that comes up every day without you having to pay for it or ask it to.
Game 2: Ask for your Own Personal cosmic Joke
Put in an order with the FP for something that will amuse you, something that makes you laugh out loud. Intend to be shown this ‘inside joke’ with the next 72 hours, during the time frame of this experiment.
Game 3: PDA for Your Mind
For the next three days, make a commitment to be grateful for everything that happens. And not just for things like say, the turkey handprint your daughter brings home from school or your neighbour’s blooming hydrangeas. If you mayonnaise jar falls out of the fridge while you’re looking for the leftover chicken fried rice, say “Thank You!”. If the po-po notices you’re running late to work and give you a citation to prove it, say thanks!
Your mission is to take your joy out into a public space. Here are a few suggestions I’ve gathered into my own ‘fool’ box.
- Enlist a friend to dress up with you in a weird costume. Go get coffee.
- Walk around downtown with a giant stuffed animal. I suggested this in God Doesn’t Have Bad Hair Days, to prove how friendly people are, a discovery I made after bringing back a monstrous moose from a travel-writing gig in Montana. One reader offered to walk to my house all the way from New Jersey (I live in Kansas) with a four-foot teddy bear.
- Make a sign that says ‘FREE HUGS!’. Take it to a shopping mall downtown and make good on your offer.
- Do some reverse panhandling. I learned this trick from Rob Brezsny, the horoscope guy, who ran for office as the nation’s first Fool Czar. It’s like a drug czar, only instead of educating the nation on the hazards of drugs, his Cabinet position has the mission of teaching us how dangerous it is to take everything so seriously. At least once a year, he stands on an exit ramp holding $5 bills and a cardboard sign that says “I NEED TO GIVE. PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY.”
- Sing out loud in the grocery store.
Lab Report Sheet
The Corollary: The Boogie-Woogie Corollary
The Theory: The more fun I have, the better life works.
The Question: Is it possible that joy is my natural state? That I can be happy even without the job, the relationship, the bank balance I want?
The Hypothesis: If I cut off the feeding tube to my ongoing litany of problems and doom, I will feel more joy and thus open channels of goodness.
Time Required: 72 hours.
Today’s Date: Time:
The Approach: I will follow the easy steps outlined by Pam Grout first thing every morning. I will listen to the songs and perform the bad-ass calisthenics. I will record how I feel at the start and how I feel at the end. I will also, no matter what happens in the next three days, commit to saying, “That’s amazing?” And I will ask the Universe for my own inside cosmic joke.
How I feel right now (at the beginning of the experiment):
How I feel in three days:
End of Experiment.
That’s it. Easy peasy!! Can’t wait to hear how happy everyone is……if I see you out and about, make sure you approach me and just start laughing!!!
As always, have fun and immerse yourself in joy!!!