I went to the gym this morning with a backache.
I contemplated staying home but I have a rule: Whenever I don’t want to go to the gym, that is precisely the day I must go to the gym. Try it. When you finish your workout, you’ll not only feel better but there will be a little swagger in your walk for the rest of the day.
Back to the gym…this was some backache. I stepped onto the treadmill and walked very slowly, hoping it would loosen up my tight muscles. As I was exercising, I watched “Morning Joe” on MSNBC-TV. They ran a clip of a politician talking about his new-found love for a convenience store. I started to laugh. As they showed more of the clip and the host’s deadpan expression, I laughed a little harder. In fact, I laughed out loud. Really loud. So loud that everyone around me thought I was nuts.
I stayed on the treadmill for 15 minutes and by the time I got off, my back felt terrific. Was it the treadmill or the joy of laughing? I bet it was the laughing. Having fun, being funny, and enjoying someone’s witty take on life makes me happy. And that happiness doesn’t quit…it stays with me the entire day.
If you don’t laugh at least once a day, you need to evaluate what you’re doing wrong. Perhaps you’re spending time with negative and pessimistic people. Perhaps you’re too hard on yourself. Perhaps you cannot find a reason to laugh. Sorry, you can find a reason to laugh: Read a funny book, watch an “Everyone Loves Raymond” rerun, or wear polka-dots with stripes and pretend it’s a perfect match. It’s do-able.
Everyone should apply “The Gym Theory of Life” to their lives. Okay, it’s not Einstein’s theory of relativity but still, I think it’s nifty. Just as I go to the gym when I would prefer to stay home, you have to find a way to laugh even when you’re tempted to succumb to gloom.
When you’re positive and willing to keep pushing, not only will your smile muscles relax but you will also earn a reputation for being fabulous. And that, my friends, is why you have the right to swagger away.