“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – e.e cummings
Happy Leap Day!! (Where were you last Leap Day? The day itself wasn’t memorable for me, but four years ago I was living it up in South Korea. Time flies!)
A lot of companies are using today as part of ad campaigns meant to encourage you to use your extra day usefully and to do so while also thinking about their company. I’m not participating in any of those, but they did get me thinking that I should use this bit of extra February to set a little goal for March.
I’ve really liked 2016 so far and thought to myself, ‘Now what can I do to make it even better?’
This past Friday at work, really late in the afternoon when we were all tired and ready for the weekend, we received an overreaction email from a client, complete with red font and some caps lock. The only answer seemed to be to dissolve into giggles. (It was a misunderstanding, not a real problem; if it had been serious, no one would’ve been laughing.) Even fifteen minutes later, someone would think of the email and start the spread of laughter again.
It made me realize that some days pass me by without true laughter in it. In the office, we laugh, but a lot of times it’s not related to mood-lifting humor. One study found that only 10%-20% of laughs were generated by anything resembling a joke. Often, laughter isn’t about humor, it’s about relationships between people and communication.
That isn’t bad, it’s just not the type of laughter I want to focus on in March. Every day in March I want to truly laugh at least once a day. Not a polite laugh or an awkward laugh, but a ‘laugh until I’m at least a little out of breath’ moment.
A long time ago, I came across the idea below, thought it was awesome, and saved the image to my desk top. I wish I could give credit where credit’s due, but I have no idea where I got it from.
I’m going to start my own jar tomorrow. It’s going to be mostly focused on recording “the ‘lol’ moments” because that’s my goal for March, but maybe I’ll expand it to include the other categories in the future. Here’s hoping for my funniest March ever!