Stress is not always a bad thing. Good stress may even lead to great results, if handled well. For this reason, a stress-free life is not exactly the best way to live. But bad stress, if left unchecked, can cause a lot of anxiety not to mention the illnesses that it could trigger. Thankfully, there are fairly simple rules to live by to keep the anxiety and negative emotions at bay. And laughter is high up on the list. Here are some ideas on how to infuse a good laugh into your day.

Make it a daily goal

Make a conscious effort to get your dose of laughter every single day. Regardless of how good or bad the day may be turning out you always have a choice to find something amusing to laugh about. A little laughter may even turn around a bad day.

Begin every day with a thought that cheers you up

Think of a happy thought or something that happened in the past that make you feel good. Or you can write down the things you are grateful for. This could boost your mood and leave you with positive emotions that could help you deal with the challenges of any given day.

Know what makes you happy

Think of the things that make you happy and do at least one or two of them every day. You can also make time for exercise which is also a mood booster. Or you can take a short, quiet break to get away from stressful things. Sometimes just taking a step back to calm yourself can do wonders in keeping the stress at bay.

Be with happy people

Be mindful of the company you keep. Minimize the time you spend with people who feed on negativity. Change the conversation, if you can, towards something more productive or positive. Happy people do not spend time dwelling on negative things. They either ignore them or find solutions that would fix the problem.

Practice letting things slide

Taking all things personally can stir a lot of negative emotions. If you want to avoid needless stress in your life, you might want to practice letting things slide. Do not lose your cool over perceived or real slights. Sometimes you just have to take things as they are and calmly move on.

Infect others with your happiness

Be that person who exudes happiness regardless of the circumstances. It may be unrealistic to be happy all the time. But you can always choose to take the happier path than wallow in misery. And by doing this, you may be unknowingly infecting others with your own brand of happiness.