You Just Have To Smile

So this is my 3rd week of “pre-written and pre-recorded” weekly publishing. If everything went well, you’re reading this and I’m either on the beach or in the pool. But seriously…

OK, so you’ve decided to jump on the Affiliate Marketing bandwagon and you’re seriously going to make it work! Time to be serious. Or is it?

I think we can all agree that although you need to take the steps to achieve success seriously, there has to be some fun into what you’re doing? I mean, come on, would you continue to work at the place you’re currently working if it was always serious? (ok, don’t answer that…) I know I wouldn’t. If you currently aren’t having fun at your workplace, I’d strongly suggest that it’s time to maybe look for something else!

I’ve worked in areas that would definitely require some seriousness; I doubt that the bank I worked for – more precisely the legal department – would have appreciated me walking into a court room dressed as a clown all the while representing them in a case…. then again…

So, What are you currently doing to make it “a fun work area”?

Life Is Serious Enough

We all know that life is serious enough without having to add another layer of seriousness by starting an online business – a business that, let’s face it, has so many people saying that “it won’t work” or on the other extreme, that “you can make thousands with a few simple clicks!”

We’ve all been told over and over again to “stay serious” because only serious people make it. I know I’ve been told that; even after starting to laugh and being told it was no laughing matter. I guess I just never bought into the seriousness of it all.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been serious enough in different areas of work. As an Officer in the Canadian Army, I assure you that there were some very serious, (if not tense) moments during my 20 year career.

Work was always presented and shown to me as being serious stuff; it just happened that I didn’t latch on to that part of the work. To prove my point, where I’m currently working, apparently one colleague mentioned that I was distracting everyone – because I always smiled and had a happy disposition.

We All Want Better Things In Life

But are we willing to do what needs to be done to get it? Some will say that to do so, you need to be serious about it. Yes, I would agree but keeping a smile on your face and a skip in your walk is even more important.

Case in point, when I was preparing coffee this morning, I hadn’t realized that my wife had already filled up the coffee machine with water. What happens when you try to put more water in a coffee machine? Well, you get to clean up!

My wife got up and was wondering why I was laughing so hard! I just couldn’t stop. Someone else might have gotten mad and yelled out, Marc, you put water everywhere!

I just laughed! Why? Well, truth be told, I was laughing at my stupidity of not having checked about the water, but I was laughing about the situation — and you know what? It made me feel enormously good!

Some of the most simple things in life may seem hard – and believe me, they are – but sometimes, you just need to find the time to laugh it out. It’s just not worth any aggravation you give yourself.

Getting back to “wanting better things or a better life”, part – laughter needs to be a big part of it and that you laugh at life – and at yourself a lot. We’ve all gone through many things that may not have been the type to bring a smile to your face but you still have to find the time to smile.

Laughing Is The Best Therapy

We’ve all heard it and I’m no therapist but years back, I had the opportunity to go on a laughing week-end retreat. The therapist showed us how taking the time to laugh was the best way to not only give your emotions a well-deserved natural high but a good laugh had great short-term effects.

When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxing feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

So next time you have 10-15 minutes, gives this a try, preferably alone or with friends or a spouse – but definitely not during a meeting – start to laugh! You can help yourself by thinking about a situation that made you hysterical and see how great it makes you feel.

Road To Success – No Laughing Matter!

We’ve all heard the expression: “the road to success is not straight” – Why? Because of the natural ups and downs of events and situations.

Hopefully, when you find yourself in the next situation that brings a frown to your face, you’ll think about this blog entry and start to laugh! That would be the best therapy for the situation!

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To your success…to our success! And to your Laughter!

28 thoughts on “You Just Have To Smile”

  1. OMG, I have to share that my friend is a public defender; last Halloween, she dressed up as the money guy from Monopoly and actually tried a case in court. She does this every year, she is a master with costumes. But could you imagine being her client or in court? Lol! Laughing is the best, and having fun at work, is one reason why I am working so hard at affiliate marketing, it is much more fun creating videos and crafting emails than being chained to a desk all day. We should love what we do, and life should be fun and lived to the fullest; great post!

    1. Hi Alison,
      Too funny! I can only imagine that scenery!! I’m almost jealous of not doing something like that!!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment and putting a smile on my face on this “return to reality” from vacation day.
      All the best!

      1. Hey Marc, nice to hear you back!
        I think also we are too serious. I’ve been more than 30years working for different companies in engineering and I noticed this fact also. People are two serious on their work environment. I can understand that it’s probably their only source of income but for me also, we should try to laugh more. Work should not be your entire life. I never took mine too seriously. Having passions and things to relax and laugh is part of a healty lifestyle.Thank you for posting!

        1. Hi Martin,
          Thank you for your comment. Wow, I can only imagine as an engineer how being “serious” must have been the go-to attitude in the office. Great to read that you never jumped on that bandwagon!
          Have a great week & all the best!

  2. Hi Marc,

    Once again I enjoyed listening to you.
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…. Loved it.. Absolutely agree, it’s the best medicine, and I certainly don’t do it enough.
    I’m still suck on you went on a retreat for a weekend to laugh… (very interesting) 🙂
    Thanks for the great post I was able to listen to..
    Sandy 😆

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Thanks for taking the time to write and provide your comment. Laughing has to become something normal and regular in our life — and if we can’t smile at ourselves, well… Take care!

    1. Hi Andy,
      My grandfather used to tell me that a day without a smile or a laugh must be a day that you’re in the ground! Now that does sound somber but I remember the day he told me that and it just got me laughing so hard, my side hurt!
      Take care!

  3. Hi Marc,
    I love this post! If you can’t laugh at work and enjoy yourself then it’s time for another job… Having laughter is a good thing, and not a lot of people do it enough. Everyone thinks we always have to be serious all the time. Great post! Thanks for the laugh! 😂

    1. Hi Meredith,
      Thank you for your comment; definitely need laughter in your life if you want to be happy! Seriously though, not many people take the time to laugh out loud – even if they write it often.
      Taking the time to laugh makes for a big difference in your attitude.
      All the best!

  4. Your voice is wonderful, soothing and friendly. Great points about the science and health of a good laugh. I just bought all 10 seasons of “Friends.” I laugh and laugh at that show, especially at that rascal Chandler Bing. Interesting though how one so funny was tortured. Addiction does that.

    Nevertheless, the show probably saved his life, until it didn’t. Laughter may indeed be the key to longevity!

    1. Hi Kate,
      Thank you for your kind comment, I think I’m blushing! Wishing you a great time splurging on a great show with good comedy!
      All the best!

  5. Marc, great post well done. Laughter is so important and smiling at people is so important, in fact in Islam, smiling at a fellow human is considered a prayer and a blessing for which you will be rewarded. It doesn’t take much to smile and laugh with people. You can be in a different country with different cultures. If somebody trips up, everyone would laugh. Smiling and laughter is the language every human understands. Well done, he made me smile. Thanks, Atif

    1. Hi Atif,
      Great comment and yes, different cultures have different ways relative to smiling; I’m thinking about one in particular that has inhibitions relative to showing your teeth. Ah, the beauty of a smile has no price though! So many times when you’re having a discussion with someone and they smile, it just elevates the conversation.
      Wishing you all the best!

  6. Hi, Marc!
    How true! I often find myself taking myself too seriously. The best solution would be to have a laugh!
    I like this simple solution.
    I hope you’re having a fabulous vacation, Marc!

    1. Hi Nakina,
      Thank you for your comment and dropping in! The vacation was fantastic; great food, great company and even greater drinks were had! With that said, happy to be back home and took the week-end to get my ducks in order so that I can get on the next step for my business: videos!
      All the best!

  7. Brilliant Marc… Love your voice! I look forward to “reading” or following along as I hear the recording. Are you able to get that all in without fumbling? It just sounds seamless. If I had to be serious all the time, I would surely die inside. I have to find humor in most things because you can’t take life too seriously. Laughing at yourself or your situation is the best part of living, even when stressed or sad. You must find the lighter side of any problem. You are awesome…. can’t wait until next week…. lol

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Now I’m blushing – and laughing! (I had hoped that doing voice-over for all these years had given me some sort of good reading skills – that and…wait for it… good editing! LOL! Truth be told, I still fumble from time to time.)
      Sending you a bucket load of Canadian laughter!

  8. Marc,
    This post came at just the right time. I am trying so hard at my affiliate marketing business that I am not taking the time to stand back and get myself a good laugh. With your nudging I am going to do just that. I hope you are enjoying your vacation.

    1. Hi sherri,
      Thank you for your comment and yes, the vacation was fantastic.
      Taking the time to stand back and have a good laugh – whether at ourselves or other – is such a key ingredient to a great life! You definitely need to make sure that’s its part of your daily regime from this day forward!
      Wishing you all the best!

  9. I am with you! It is so important to include fun and laughter in the journey of affiliate marketing.

    Your perspective is a reminder that while dedication and hard work are essential for success, having a sense of humor makes the journey much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

    I think it is a reminder to not take ourselves so seriously that we lose our sense of perspective which I think feeds into not wanting to make mistakes.

    In a world where the pursuit of success often comes with pressure and stress, your reminder to embrace laughter and find joy in the simplest of moments is a necessary part of the journey.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you Eleanor for a great comment!
      As you mentioned, there’s enough stress in and around us during our daily lives that if you can’t find and bring laughter inside you, you’re missing a very key ingredient for a fulfilling life!
      I always feel blessed to have had a mentor when I was younger who not only taught me this but made sure that the laughter was part of my daily regime.
      Wishing you all the best!

  10. Hey Marc,
    Great post! Truth be told, I haven’t laughed at myself in a long time.
    I’m hesitant to mention but I find myself more on the angry side when I do something stupid. Whether I brew coffee and forget to put the pot in the machine so it brews on the counter, or while cooking food keeps falling out of my hands or I get burned… I get upset.
    It frustrates me when I notice I’m getting less competent than in younger days, especially in cooking. It also reflects when doing my affiliate marketing tasks sometimes, I was once very quick with tech, not so much now. I guess it’s not going to change until i can laugh at myself again 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Hi Denny,
      Thank you for your comment. I can only say that you need to find and bring the laughter back into your life my friend! Being able to laugh at yourself is so important; life is stressful enough that if you can’t laugh at the little things in life, you’ll have a hard time laughing at the bigger ones!
      Sending you a Canadian boat load of laughter!

  11. Marc,

    Your post brings a couple John Maxwell quotes to mind.

    “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”

    “Do what you love for free long enough and people will begin to pay you for it”

    I have been in a field for 25+ years. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. It has been good to me and my family but now I am pursuing what I love. The new pursuit is something I look forward to doing everyday.

    May you find what you enjoy and never work another day.

    1. Hi CJ,
      So so true! I’ve had the pleasure of being able to always love what I did as far as work was concerned; being able to “change” employer at certain points in my career proved to be uplifting and – more importantly – a continued love of what I did.
      May you find joy and prosperity as well my friend, thank you!

  12. Hey Marc!
    Great stuff! I agree that laughter is the best medicine.I just did a 4 day live event and laughing and dancing and singing was a big part of reprogramming your brain,
    And it works! Along with meditation also. I had a crappy day yesterday but with my new mindset, I was able to stay calm and get through the day in a good way.It really does work.
    So kudos to you for throwing out some positivity to everyone.We all can definately use the reminders from time to time!

    1. Hi Jim,
      Appreciate your comment and yes, definitely a big part of reprogramming your brain.
      We had a discussion about this at the office and when it came time to discuss “urgent” matters – you know, the kind that the big boss says he needs in 1 hour – well, we all agreed that since what we did was urgent but not brain surgery, we could take a little more time and ask the big boss to give us a little slack when it came to those.
      Happy to oblige and provide – the group here is definitely helping a lot.
      All the best!

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