I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. Since I was in grade school MJ’s music has had a profound effect on me, lifting me up and inspiring me. The day MJ died I was at the Satchidananda Ashram. I found out by overhearing some other people from the dorms causally discussing it. I was completely beside myself. It may seem silly to be so mournful over the death of a celebrity, but I had loved MJ for so long and was looking forward to him creating new music. I had even purchased a ticket to one of his shows in London without having any clue of how I would get there.
The day after his death I was very low. I didn’t want to do anything, let alone something enjoyable (the pain body can’t stand enjoyment). My roommates then tried to persuade me to go to “Laughter Yoga” with them. Laughing was the very last thing I felt like doing, but eventually they convinced me. In Laughter Yoga you “fake it till you make it.” I’m not sure if I truly laughed or not, but afterwards I felt considerably lighter, more peaceful, and even a little bit happy. Laughter doesn’t have to be real to have positive effects on your mood, thinking, and physical health. Now I try to remind myself to laugh every day, no matter what. And this video really helps with that:
Thanks to Marc and Angel Hack Life for introducing me to this video!