52 Tiny Changes

Change is so huge, so big, so time-consuming. It is much easier to keep the status quo.

Does it have to be that way? How about if we change just a little at a time? We are not remaking your whole life at once. If you do one tiny change a week, by the end of the year you will have a better, more vibrant life. Another positive is with small changes, you have a much better chance at keeping your new habits.

For a free list of the 52 tiny changes, send an e-mail to 52changes@encouragingcoach.com with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #16: Remember to laugh: rent a comedy, get silly with friends, or read a funny book

Remember when you were a kid? You used to laugh at anything. You found the smallest things hilarious. You'd roll around on the ground and laugh 'till you cried. Then you grew up. You got re-spon-sib-il-ities. Life turned very serious.

And we wonder why we are stressed! Always doing, doing, doing to try to meet expectations. We are in such a hurry to get whereever it is we think we will end up, that we don't stop to laugh and joke. My Grandpa is a great one for humor. As a traveling salesman for alloy metals, he often stopped by places of work and shared a joke. When someone told him one, he remembered it to share with other people down the line. As a grandpa he always says word play jokes, or really bad jokes. My kids love to hear "Silly Grandpa."

So what do you do that always makes you laugh? Which friends leave you with giggling fits? If you have kids, do you watch them having fun? Or better yet, join them? What comedians do you love? Who are your favorite humorous writers? This week, learn what makes you laugh and put some laughter into your life.

Some humor resources for you:

Jest Health A host of articles on health and humor

Good, Clean Fun A family humor archive

How Stuff Workds Interesting reference on what makes a person laugh

What makes you laugh?

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