Today is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing.

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We all have busy lives. The craziness of our days can lead to stress and anxiousness.

(from www.daysoftheyear.com) Every day is a new lap in the rat race, and sometimes we get so caught up in that that we lace ourselves in a little tight. Things have to go ‘just so’ and if things get out of whack we start to lose our minds a little. Routine and precision are definitely useful traits in certain situations, but Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day reminds us that sometimes, we just have to let go and enjoy the chaos that life brings us with a smile.

How to Celebrate Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
Well, it all starts with letting go. Relaxing. Stop worrying about every little detail.
Drive casually, don’t rush as you move through traffic, and if someone cuts you off, laugh it off, and continue about your day.
Today is the day to let things that normally drive you up the wall, slide so that you can be free of that pain and that worry. Loosen Up, Lighten Up!

Here are 5 Ways to Loosen Up and Enjoy Life More from www.peopleskillsdecoded.com

1. Get Some Perspective

Whenever something stresses you out, it’s good to adopt a wide timeframe and ask yourself how much that thing will matter as time goes by.  How much will it matter one year from now?

The truth is that on a large timescale, very few things truly matter. This is why looking at things in perspective helps you relax and not take minor issues seriously. It helps you focus on what truly matters.

2. Look on the Bright Side Too

One major reason why people take things so seriously is because they look at everything that goes wrong, and they lose sight of all that goes well. They see the cup half empty in any area of life, and this makes it hard for them to enjoy themselves.

So in order to relax and have more fun, you wanna consciously practice finding and acknowledging the positive in your life: your qualities, your achievements, your opportunities, the things you do well and the things worth being grateful for. It doesn’t mean to deny the negative; it just means to see the positive as well. Your happiness will improve significantly.

3. Laugh and Make Fun about It

There is something powerful about laughing at a negative event and joking about it. It sort of tells your mind that the event isn’t that bad after all, since you can laugh about it. And once that idea has entered your mind, it will start finding reasons why, indeed, the event isn’t that bad. So you’ll detach emotionally and feel more joyful.

People who are optimistic and upbeat do this all the time. Because they have this mindset like: “This is what is; I can’t change it, so I might as well enjoy myself while I still can”. And so they do.

4. Work on Overcoming the Deeper Attitude Issues

Typically, taking things too seriously is only a symptom of much deeper issues. Often people who take things too seriously are perfectionists and they can’t tolerate imperfection (their own or that of others). Many times they have visible self-image issues, and often they really lack self-confidence.

Fixing these deeper issues will take some time and require proper guidance.

5. Have a Rich, Active Life

People with a rich, active life rarely take things too seriously. They’re too busy doing stuff. They don’t have the time or energy to dwell on negative events and worry. In a way, you could say that worrying about minor things is a luxury, afforded by people with too much free time on their hands.

So an effective way to stop taking things too seriously is to fill your life with activities and keep yourself engaged. Learn, get a job, pursue your passions, find new hobbies, do some volunteer work, do something. It will keep your mind too busy to worry, and it has many other perks as well, like making your lifestyle more exciting and making you a more interesting person.

This morning, we focused in on laughter as a way to loosen up and lighten up!
Check out these cute kids’ jokes from www.laffgaff.com

Why was the bee’s hair sticky?Because he used a honey-comb.

What noise does a chicken’s phone make?Wing wing.

What kind of bagel can fly?A plain bagel.

Why did the dog sit in the shade?Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog.

Where do hamburgers dance?At a meat ball.

Where do dogs go when their tails fall off?The re-tail store.

What did the paper say to the pencil?You’ve got a really good point.

What did one ocean say to the other ocean?Nothing, it just waved.

How does a train eat?It goes chew chew.

What kind of cup can’t you drink out of?A cup-cake.

Click HERE for more jokes! 🙂

 

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