I arrived back for a seventh year to teach Oral English. Instead of my usual excitement, I was annoyed by the chatter of a language I don't speak, being stared at because I am a foreigner, long inefficient lines, people pushing, the severe pollution, the constant demolition/construction of streets and buildings, the pervasive filth, and no hot water in our apartment. Family seemed on the other side of the world, and ten months seemed like a prison sentence. My usual motto "I'm only a phone call away" seemed glib. Why was I still here? Because I hadn't come up with any better idea.
Granted, I was so tired after a 24-hour trip that I didn't even unpack my toothbrush. After watching a little television, I slept for twelve hours. Sometime during the night, I decided I had to change my attitude and vowed to laugh for at least fifteen minutes per day for 40 days. I dropped the goals to lose weight and exercise, but maybe they would happen just because I was happier. And maybe if I just laughed more, my relationship would be more fun and my life more satisfying. Hence, I decided to try the...
40-Day Challenge to Laugh
New things immediately began to happen. Laughter got rid of my gloom and made me glad to be back in China. It also became the crux of making every moment better to the point of starting this website. Chronicling my 40-days began as a way to stay accountable, ensuring that I would complete the challenge, but soon the results were so uplifting that I was eager to share my experiences.