March 5, 2014: Fasting With Laughter

~ by Mary Galvano

Ash Wednesday is approaching and Lent is beginning. We as Catholics will need to spend some time thinking of what we can do to change our lives so that we can have an even deeper relationship with our Lord. Often times Lent to most means finding something to give up like chocolate or sweets. But what about doing something different this year? What about laughing more?

Being filled with joy is one of the sure signs of a Christian. And Lent does not mean we need to put on solemn faces and show every one we are fasting. What this world needs, though, is more laughter. This is one of the best ways of healing, too. How can we laugh more?

It is hard when there are so many stresses to face on a daily basis. Not only are our own lives stressful but, also seeing the world’s struggles is stressful. We can change this one person at a time and by filling the world with laughter. Learning to laugh at you is the first start. We all make mistakes. That’s why there are erasers on pencils.

Instead of getting upset, look at the humor behind the situation. When you feel tension coming on try to turn it around and find joy. Pretty soon you will see your stress level drop and you will be a happier person. This is a perfect thing to do in an imperfect world. Find the humor in life. God invented humor!

Some of my favorite people are the ones that fill the room with laughter. No matter how down life can be they still find it in themselves to laugh out loud and be cheerful. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all do that? God loves us and we have heaven to look forward to, why shouldn’t we laugh?

So, for Lent this year make a conscious effort and commitment to laugh more. The more you do the more it will become a part of who you are. Laughter is contagious and your laughter will help others to laugh. Laughter IS the best medicine.

Smile God loves you!

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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