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Never Stop Laughing (or Dancing)!

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Never Stop Laughing (or Dancing)!

This is the second (out of 5) agreements that I made with myself after re-reading the Four Agreements a couple of weeks ago. In last week’s post, I offered my first personal agreement “I am ok.” This week, I give you the second, “Never Stop Laughing (or Dancing)!” I suppose in actuality, it should be, “Never Stop Laughing (or doing those things you love)!”

When I was a little girl, my greatnana had a newspaper clipping on her fridge. It was stained yellow with age, but the headline was clear–“laughing is good for your health.” She still references that article when I ask her how she’s doing. She replies some version of, “good, ya know, still hanging in there, still laughing. Laughing keeps ya young, ya know?

Truth is, I do know. I know that it’s those moments when I’m laughing that I feel the best. Those moments when I’m cracking up with friends and family that I feel the lightest. And it’s those moments that tend to fall by the way side when I’m stressed.

I added the parenthetical “(or dancing)” to drive home the point that I need to be vigilant at maintaining those activities in my life that bring me joy, even when things are hectic. For me, that’s dancing and cooking. For you, it may be something else. The point is, laughter and connecting with the activities that make us smile and feel free give us life, true life. With so many demands on our time and energy though, it can be easy to forget this. This is why I made this second agreement to myself, to never stop. To be vigilant. To create (and sustain) the space for my joy.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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