Whatever Inspires You, Join the World in a Shared Laugh on Saturaday at 1:24pm!

Day 3 (1.22.15) Laughter Starts with Gratitude and a Smile!

Today’s contest sponsor, Cheryl Russell, founder of the non-profit, Imagination NOW http://imaginationnow.org/  believes that ‘gratitude and love are the keys to a life filled with magic and magnificence.’  She uses her creativity to inspire children to think outside the box and believe in their ideas.  It seems fitting since as adults, we can take our laughter inspiration from kids, who are the best laughers!  Winners of today’s contest with receive a signed copy of Cheryl’s StarHeart book.  The message is superb and the artwork by artist, Dan Brouch, is stunning.

As you are preparing to laugh for Global Belly Laugh Day, think of what you are grateful for and then:

  • share a moment that makes you feel grateful
  • post a thought that feels worthy of the stars or fills your heart with joy…

…all of which, in my book, contribute to the special moments that ultimately make us laugh.

Feeling immense gratitude for all of you out there who have been supporting this great Global Belly Laugh Day Countdown and who are planning your own special celebrations around the world this Saturday!  The world surely needs more laughter, and I’m just tickled to play some small part in helping to spread a lot more of it around!

Inspired by Cheryl, maybe I should become a ThankYOUologist!

thankYOUology

Laughing Hyenas, “Three Cats & 11 Flamingos Sing Acapella”, & “A Minnesota Cat Wears a Sweater”

Day 4 (1.21.15)

Even the animals are getting ready for Global Belly Laugh Day!  Susan Gainen’s whimsical creations have been readying themselves for weeks. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, the winner of today’s Global Belly Laugh Day Contest will win a print of one of her original paintings listed in the title of today’s blog. Be as curious as a cat and read on!

One of the exercises we do in Laughter Yoga is laugh like a lion, or a chimpanzee.

What animal do you laugh like?

What animal do you laugh like?

  1. Think of animals that laugh, or that make you laugh out loud as you are watching them.
  2. Post your favorite photo of a laughing animal OR you and your friends laughing like any animal you choose.

YOU COULD WIN a print of one of Susan Gainen’s amazing watercolors!  Susan spreads whimsy, one painting at a time!   www.susangainenartist.com

Laughing with one of her creations!

Laughing with one of her creations!

Getting Ready for GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY! The Countdown continues…

Day 9 (1.15.15) THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES…keeping laughter in your life.

It’s simple, really. Research tells us that kids laugh on average 200-400 times per day.  Yet, by the time we reach adulthood, sadly, we average a mere 4 – 20 daily laughs.  Clearly, we all need to add some serious laughter into our lives! That’s what GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY is all about:  adding more laughter into your life and then sharing it with others.

Let’s use these 10 days leading up to GBLD to get in the habit of laughing more.  With practice, hopefully, laughter will come rushing back into your life and you will have so much FUN you will want more.

Yesterday was all about smile push-ups.  Now that your cheeks have warmed up, try a little giggle.  Go ahead, giggle all day long.  Try to find an excuse to giggle once per hour throughout the day.

You know that laughter is contagious. For inspiration and to remind us that we really don’t need a reason to giggle, watch this short baby video. It gets me giggling every time!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQo2FJPLeQk  Then come up with your own ideas of how to go with the giggles throughout your day.

  • Share your story here or on Facebook.  Your ideas may be just the thing to help someone else start giggling!
  • Share  how many times you were able to giggle and what triggered the giggles.
  • Share this post with your friends.

NOTE:  Anyone who shares stories will be entered into a drawing to win a special prize guaranteed to make you giggle! Details of winners and what they won will be posted tomorrow. ~ NEW CONTESTS will be posted every day until Global Belly Laugh Day arrives, so don’t miss out!

GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY 10-Day COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

Day 10 (1.14.15) THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!!

GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY 2015 is just 10 short days away.  Don’t worry; you still have plenty of time to get in shape.  I’ll be giving you simple tips and great warm-up exercises for the next 10 days to guarantee a FUN and memorable experience!

THE GOAL:  January 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm, wherever you are, let out a great big BELLY LAUGH! It’s that simple.

HISTORY:  Started a few years ago by Elaine Helle to encourage people who need it to go ahead and laugh even if they may not feel like it, it is now a holiday celebrated around the globe.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT!  Do it alone, or on the phone. Do it with friends, at work or at home.  You can even have a party. Just be sure your laugh is hearty!

LET’S GET STARTED:  If  you have ever attended a LaughwithSarah session, you know that I start with SMILE PUSH-UPS.  It’s a great way to begin to get your cheeks in shape, because even though the goal of GBLD is, of course, a great big BELLY LAUGH, I promise, if you are really laughing from your belly, your cheeks are going to get a work out, too.

A BONUS: As you stretch your cheeks and let the corners of your mouth turn up into a smile, you send endorphins to your brain, which actually makes you feel happier.  If you really work hard, your cheek muscles might hurt – which means great exercise in addition to all that happiness!

Follow these simple directions and you’ll be on your way!

Smile Push-Ups

  1. Smile a great big smile
  2. Make a straight face

Repeat step 1&2 above 10 times.

CONGRATULATIONS! You’re on your way to happiness, better health, and an award winning belly laugh for sure!

Note:  Making a straight face may get increasingly difficult. That’s okay.  Spontaneous laughter is also acceptable!

In the coming days you’ll receive all the tools you need to share your wonderful laughter with everyone around the world.  There will be contests to enter, how-to videos, photos, quotes and more – so check here every day and get ready to LaughwitSarah for Global Belly Laugh Day 2015!

Global Belly Laugh Day Countdown – Day 5

It’s getting closer…each day you should keep practicing things from the earlier days to build your strength and endurance – this will help guarantee a perfect belly laugh on Friday!  It’s more fun when you share it, so if you haven’t already, today’s the day to widen the circle and let your family and friends know you are on the quest for your biggest belly laugh ever.  In the meantime, these exercises should be not only putting you in the mood, but help getting you in shape – remember, laughing is great exercise!!

Today’s focus:  Share with family or friends a time you laughed really, really hard – a belly laugh.  Describe:  What made you laugh? Who were you with?  Where were you?  What sounds and smells do you remember? Sharing stories like this is sure to get you laughing as you imagine yourself at this funny time/place in your life.  Once evereyone has shared, go ahead and make arrangements to laugh together on Global Belly Laugh Day at precisely 1:24pm.  Let me know where you plan to be, and I’d love for you to email me your photo.

SHARE YOUR STORIES HERE…let others share your greatest laughs! 

For those who prefer a bit of visual arts rather than or in addition to just good conversation, I suggest you try your hand at creating your very own ‘Laughing Fingers!’  To inspire you, revisit your favorite laughing tunes from Day 7. I’d love it if you take photos of your best creations and send me via email – I will post and share some right here!   As you practice laughing with your whole body, you’re getting ready for the great belly laugh to come!  It’s getting closer every day!

 laughing fingers                         laughing fingers 2

Don’t forget to keep practicing your smile push-ups, a few ho-ho-ho’s and ha-ha-ha’s!  You’re doing great – keep up the good work!