The Laughing Thing

A critical path to fitness is to practice laughing. Yes, that means to forget the serious and get as carefree as you felt when you were a kid again. Welcome to “kid fitness”!

After watching Norm McDonald (the comedian from Saturday Night Live) doing stand-up comedy here in a live show, I realized the importance of forgetting it all and getting into the laugh.

Grabbing a funny movie, calling a fun friend and exercising with the people who you love will contribute to inner happiness. Laughing is one of the most powerful sources of healing. There are numerous pieces of research on the benefits of smiling and laughing.

Did you know that those muscles that help you lift your cheeks and open the mouth are connected with the brain and send a direct message of happiness when they smile? I encourage you to challenge yourself and put this information to the test and practice smiling. Do it now! Maybe this is what your child has been waiting for since you conceived him/her!

Instead of smiling, many times we focus too much on educating and criticizing (which can lead to allergies in infants that are carried into adulthood). The fear of criticism also has other outcomes that are not welcome by the body and create “dis-ease”. “Getting on” someone about doing the “right” things most of the time causes a person to constantly acknowledge something wrong with themselves. And you’ve likely experienced that at some point too.

Let me remind you to enjoy the moments of joy and peace. Maybe this is what your children are waiting for too! Mommies and poppies – let’s take a break from the “don’t do that”, “don’t do this”, “you are going to fall”, and “you are going to get hurt”.

Instead, encourage and try to mold a life full of spirit by smiling at your children for a while. By the way, I have not met anyone in my lifetime that hasn’t fallen – despite all the warnings and admonishments! Through positive example and smiling, children may see you not as the boss but as the leader of their lives.

So, a basic principle of maximum health and vitality is simple: smile and laugh!

Making fun of people and mocking them is not the type of laughter that is helpful. Instead, connect with yourself and enjoy life once more. Maybe this will earn you a new job, or open up a position where you will earn more to supply your family. After all, who wants to be around ‘Debbie or Donnie Downer’?

Thoughts of smiling and laughing lead me to mention the importance of forgiveness in our lives. This great tool of forgiveness has been used for years by gurus, many of whom are familiar to you.

If you take time to study these gurus, you will see that they aren’t sad – rather they are full of joy and laughter and lead by example—living their words.

A plan of forgiveness is not for your neighbor, your mother-in-law, brother-in-law or anyone else, but rather it is for you. It is for your benefit. Forgive yourself and others to eliminate potential future heart attacks, bad posture, pain and other diseases that are created by judgment and corrective comments toward others.

Try to respect others’ points of view, talk only when it is time and accept people for who they are rather than judging them for who they are not. Don’t try to convince them to think like you. After all, the same program does not work for everyone.

Remember that you are the child made of perfection in the biggest picture. Laugh, smile and repeat to yourself that everything is a dream, an experience and that you will be OK!

From many years in the fitness industry, I have learned to look at fitness and health from a different perspective. It’s not just about lifting weights and screaming at people to push them through their regimens. Instead, it’s about learning what works for the individual. In this case, maybe it’s laughing that is missing from your exercise program!

My intention is that YOU become an expert on yourself for peak performance.

(So, did you hear the one about the three guys who walked into a gym saying that a funny thing happened on the way…?)

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About The Author:

The author, Migdoel “DIO” Miranda, B.S., CMT of Dio Fitness, is an authority on optimizing peak performance at any age through accessing one’s inner athlete, metabolic nutrition and personalized training routines. He works with amateur and professional competitive athletes, celebrities and health-conscious people who desire to enjoy life more through healthy commitments. Dio believes that getting out of the gym is a key to life-long fitness. Visit his website at .

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