Woman with medium-length dark hair leaning against tree, wearing leather jacket and scarf

i’ve been caught laughing hysterically to myself

So many things make me laugh; even more so, make me smile. If I could share videos of my 16 and 18-year-old daughters, you would clearly understand what makes me happy. This generation has become quite savvy with creating snippets of short videos that capture all that they are. Their sense of humour, creative ideas and strength is portrayed in their creations. I have kept every video that I have taken of these two crazy girls and often reflect back on their antics – I have been caught laughing hysterically to myself and when I explain what it is that I am watching, it makes others laugh as well.

Taking the time to appreciate what makes us happy in life is important to me. It is the simplest of things that catch me off guard that I often find make me happy/smile. Call me crazy but when you see a Blue Jay at your feeder or see a Hummingbird land, do you smile? When your child is learning a new song on the guitar and you are listening quietly behind a closed door, do you smile? When your pet looks at you sheepishly after eating your shoe, do you smile?

Laughter and smiling happens without much thought, both are very natural responses that share happiness with others. Did you know that laughter, smiling and humour may help to reduce symptoms associated with anxiety? I was once told that when you smile it signals to your brain that you’re feeling happy (even though you’re not really feeling happy…yet); your body will usually slow its breathing and heart rate.

So, the moral of my story is smile—and laugh—often!

–  Sara, avid outdoor enthusiast, passionate problem-solver, student, dog lover and Momma Tuck to many