Laugh A Little More

Did you know laughter is very healthy?  It also reduces stress. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of physical benefits to laughter. Would you like to know some amazing things that happen in your body when you laugh?

Medical professionals agree that laughter is very therapeutic.  Yes, it really is true, “a merry heart does good like a medicine.” That statement has been in the Bible for centuries and some people even know it by heart. But do you know the rest of the verse?

“A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.” When you’re happy and cheerful and laugh, it is healthy for you, but when you’re discouraged, sad, and down, it is really just the opposite.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine

Here are some things that modern science has concluded about laughter:

It activates and strengthens the immune system.

It reduces at least four hormones associated with stress.

It provides a workout for the diaphragm and increases the body’s ability to use oxygen.

It relaxes the muscles.

It can reduce pain for periods of time.

It lowers blood pressure and can prevent hypertension.

It improves respiration by emptying the lungs completely of the air they take in.

Those and other facts are impressive.  And guess what?  Unlike all the ads you see on TV for medications, laughter has no negative side effects.

I saw one of those ads on TV the other day for a pill that promised to give you a good night’s sleep.  But then, as they all do, it warned you about the possibility of eight or ten very negative side effects!  You know, that’s almost laughable!

We all could laugh a little more, and it really is very healthy to laugh every day.  I’m not talking about laughing at the cynical, unloving type of humor that puts people down.  I’m talking about genuinely funny things that make us laugh.

Now That’s Funny

We’re all different.  Some things may make you laugh while other things make me laugh.  And there are things that make us both laugh.  Wanna try it?

I heard of a sign at a truck stop in Indiana that reads: “Eat here, and get gas!”

Now some may not find that very funny, but it makes me chuckle. How about the bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love peace and quiet.”   Or the one that says, “The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse always gets the cheese?”

Okay, I know, some things are funny to some people, but not funny to others.  But you really ought to find something that makes you laugh on a regular basis.  I have several movies that I watch from time to time to relax and have a good laugh.

And here’s another point.  You can really brighten someone’s day by sharing something funny.  You don’t have to be a professional stand-up comedian to offer a little stress relief to others.

All of us encounter unpleasant things in our day to day life.  Life can often be too serious, but not so serious that you can’t stop and have a good laugh on a regular basis.

On a personal note, I tend to laugh the most when I laugh at myself for something I’ve said or done.  Sure, I can laugh at myself.  Why not?

So, find some time each day to laugh a little more.  And keep in mind, “A merry heart does good like a medicine.”

Mike Verdicchio
2013

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