Laugh out Loud
Miguel (my son) gets into some laughing fits, which in turn get me laughing as well. This got me thinking more deeply about the power and connection that come with laughter. Laughter has a profoundly simple way of making you feel connected and that you belong. To me humor can inspire hope, lift stress from your shoulders, keeps you grounded, and connect you with others. One of the quickest ways to change someone else’s mood is through laughter. For example, have you ever been mad at someone until they made you laugh? Was it easy to stay mad at that person? Laughing is a great way to connect with people or even groups. You may even be able to find a laughing group or yoga laughing on Meetup.com.
What I have come to learn is that leadership development is not complicated; rather it is about practicing simple principles on a daily basis. Whether it is your family, teammate, or boss you should have some time to break bread with them and get to know each other and have a few laughs together. One of my favorite quotes from Victor Frankl the author of Man’s Search for Meaning is “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Practice the principle of humor, it just make all the difference when you are faced with that next challenge.
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