Joy is at the heart of #laughteryogawithjoe.
I spend a lot of my time on email, as many of us do. I have sent many unwise emails in my time, as I expect we all have.
However, I send fewer and fewer of them as I use my laughter yoga more and more.
By ‘use my laughter yoga more and more’ I do not mean get up and do lots of laughter yoga exercises while writing each email. I mean stay in touch with the joyfulness at the heart of laughter yoga, and make writing the email itself a laughter yoga exercise.
The way I ‘use my laughter yoga’ here is a 3-step process. It is simple and, I feel, worth experiencing yourself.
- Breathe. Breathe deeply for a few breaths until you feel calm and ready.
- Smile, always smile. Smile until you feel your smile connecting with your sense of calm and readiness, and then start your email.
- Chuckle quietly when you’ve finished, and re-read carefully. Imagine you are receiving this email, how can you make it an even better experience for the reader to receive? What adjustments do you need to make for the email to be well received? Keep laughing quietly (to yourself), and ask yourself – ‘Can I add more joy?’
This process helps us stay embodied and not over-think when writing emails. The result is to produce a communication that is as pleasant and easy to receive as possible.
It might even cause joy when it is read.
The more you do this, the more people will enjoy receiving your communications. You will be spreading joy and peacefulness as much as possible – and remember, ‘world peace through laughter’ is one of the 3 main aims of laughter yoga.
Email joy as much as you can?