This past week, I’ve posted a tip a day on staying young and healthy.
#7 See With the Eyes of a Child Continue to see each day, your world and the people in your life with the eyes of a child. Greet each day with the enthusiasm and open mind of a toddler, and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Laugh as loudly and as often as a child. We see a lot of ridiculous and silly things in our lives; instead of complaining, we can giggle.
Do you remember a time when your days were full of giggles? When was the last time you laughed until you had tears in your eyes or when you laughed so hysterically that the people around you who didn’t know why couldn’t help but laugh as well?
When was the last time you laughed so hard you wet your pants? (Don’t answer if you have stress incontinence.)
Kids laugh freely, and that laughter is liberating. They can laugh at something as simple as someone passing gas, they can laugh so hard that they can pass gas . . . and then they’ll laugh all the more because of it.
The next time you’re in an elevator – where most grownups are really uptight, staring straight ahead, not acknowledging one another and getting really upset if someone presses the wrong button or if the elevator stops on too many floors – and if someone passes gas, replace that stunned silence (wherein everyone hopes that no one else thinks it was them) with laughter.
Before you know it, everyone may be laughing and tooting their own horns. Everyone will be relieved, and when the elevator doors finally open, you can all take a breath of fresh air.
And if someone barges into the elevator before the rest of you get a chance to exit, maybe they’ll get what they deserve.
This Friday, October 21st at 7 pm, as part of the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care’s Dialogue on Aging Public Presentation Series, I will be speaking on “The Positive Potential of Caregiving: Surviving, Thriving & Finding Meaning” at the Norman Rothstein Theatre 950 West 41st Avenue (at Oak Street) in Vancouver.
Caring for a loved one is a special challenge. I will present a caregiver’s guide to healthcare: the challenges of caregiving, care of the caregiver, seeing the whole person and finding meaning as we weave together the tapestry of our lives. You can register for this free presentation online http://www.tapestryfoundation.ca or by phone 604-877-8335.
For more on healthy living and positive change, listen to my Positive Potential Medicine podcast at wgrnradio.