letting go

5 Reasons Why We Shouldn't Take Life Too Seriously

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If we take life too seriously, we:

1. Don't laugh enough!! A life without fall off the couch, tummy tickling belly laughter isn't a healthy one. According to research, laughter boosts your immune system, reduces stress hormones, helps prevent heart disease and eases muscle tension.

2. Don't take enough chances. Great things can only come when we are free enough to follow our dreams and go for it!

3. Don't allow for the child within to shine. The child within needs to be given the chance to thrive! When we begin to listen it's desires, we'll enjoy more sunsets, take time to smell the roses, climb trees and dare to be free.

4. Hold on too tightly to people and things. In holding on to tight, we lose ourselves and get caught into a system of fear based living. And when we live in fear, we push people away and do things to undermine our success. It is in learning to let go that we find true life and love.

5. We worry too much about how we look and how others perceive us. How can we be free and authentic when we are so worried about our hair, the wrinkles on our brow, the house we live in or the car we drive?

It's the soul that matters most!! And when we nurture our souls --  there is light that shines within our eyes,  a skip in our steps...we are able to touch and inspire each other.

A couple of days ago, I sat outside with my neighbor Valerie watching her 4-year-old daughter dance to Beyonce in the driveway with a couple other children her age. They giggled, sang and twirled around without a care in the world. We adults looked at each other and laughed out loud. Deep down inside I wished that I could be just as foot loose and fancy free. I recalled the days in which I played so hard as a child that when bedtime came around I was so exhausted that I fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow. It then occurred to me that I can still experience the same satisfaction in my adult life after a long day of play. I just have to make time for it and enjoy.

As 4th of July approaches, let's dare ourselves to not take life too seriously...to laugh and play and be free...

- By Jen Engevik of Project BE Bold

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