Getting stuck in a rut happens to most of us at some point in our lives. It can feel overwhelming, exhausting, and without end. If you’ve been here before, you’ll know what I’m talking about. But, there’s a way to reboot and it’s one of the simplest things you can do.
Dr Allana Da Graca helps people reclaim their energy and bring joy back to their lives, by starting with laughter. Not in a trivial sense, but in a very intentional way that sets the tone for what you want to achieve and then acting on it.
This sounds too good to be true. But the fact of the matter is, laughter is an act of the present, it helps us connect with where we are right now, and releases us to move forward. Now, it’s not just about laughter, says Allana. Once you make the commitment to bring joy back into your life, you need to set tangible goals and master your investment of time, to ensure that you stay on track and remain purposeful.
Allana outlines her practical framework for how to reboot in this episode of People at Work. I took up the challenge of her laughter exercise; a first step to getting comfortable with the idea that joy is something we can create and keep in our lives. Awkward at first, I laughed my way into a better frame of mind, and shared it with others. That’s worth laughing about.
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“Set the intention, what's really important to you this year, and then find a way to laugh and bring joy back into your life.”
Allana is the CEO of Turning on The Lights Global Institute, a coaching and digital training organization and author. She teaches part-time at Northeastern University and is the founder of the International Women Build Confidence Conference.