This week

Lockdown Laughter


Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness 


The Wednesday Whisper

Finding the humour

Last lockdown, I moved to Zoom and worked long hours.

This time I am committed to being more gentle with myself and wishing that for all of us. No matter what external pressures come to bear, I can choose to be gentle and compassionate in how I communicate with myself.

Knowing that laughter is a great healer, I am committed to ensuring that everyday has some laughter in it. I hope you can find the same enthusiasm for laughter even in the face of lockdown.

So, to get us started, I’m sharing a joke I found really funny.

A dog goes into a telegram office, takes a blank form and writes, “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.”

The counter clerk looks at the paper and says: “You’ve only written 8 words and you can have up to 10. You can add another 2 ‘Woofs’ for the same price.”

The dog replies, “but then it would make absolutely no sense at all.”

Even if you don’t find the joke funny, you can try voluntary laughter which is laughing without there being a stimulus to trigger the laughing.


Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness

Some years ago I took a Laughter Yoga Trainers course. The act of laughing even without a stimulus, provides similar physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. I’m going to be practicing over this period.

The Wednesday Whisper

Would you try smiling at yourself in the mirror and throughout the day? Notice how it changes your state.


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