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Mark E. Therrien wellness to me is about so much more than physical risk factors.
Cholesterol, blood pressure, and body fat are important, but there is so much more. Wellness is about truly being “at ease” versus “dis-ease;” at ease in ourselves, our family, our work…versus feeling “dis-ease” in ourselves, family or work.
One of the simplest and most fun ways to be more “at ease” is to laugh more in our lives. And I want you to go beyond the laugh you currently laugh.
Most of us, as we “grew up, got serious and got a job,” lost that joyful, spontaneous laugh of our childhood. Often we grew up with serious parents and teachers who told us in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways to “knock it off,” and so we altered, changed, or silenced our laugh.
Think about your own organization. No matter how stressful things get, if people can still laugh and enjoy each other, you still look forward to going to work. If people stop laughing, get too busy to smile at each other, or treat each other abruptly, the workplace is no longer supporting your wellness.
One thing that I know for sure is that sooner or later we are all going to do or say something stupid. It is just part of being human.
I often have people in small groups share their most embarrassing moments. It is amazing how many women think they are the only ones to have ever used the restroom and tucked their skirt into their pantyhose and walked out into the office, or, as one woman told me, down the long narrow aisle of a crowded airplane. In this exercise, we share not only our stupidity, but our humanity.
I have, not once but twice, gotten on the wrong airplane and gone to the wrong city. Needless to say, I was late getting home. I could have made up excuses like “the conference ran late,” but the truth is I made a stupid mistake (although I did have help from flight attendants who took my tickets and looked at my boarding passes). I told the attendant later that if I had known it was that easy to get on the wrong plane, I would have gone someplace interesting like Hong Kong.
No matter what illness, disease, or handicap you may have, if you can laugh at yourself, you are one of the healthiest people on the planet. When we can laugh at ourselves we can begin to forgive ourselves for not being perfect.