9.12.2015

LAUGH OUT LOUD! | The Healing Properties of Laughter

"A funny thing happened the other day!" 

Don't you just love it when a story begins that way?  The storyteller skillfully captures your attention and suddenly, you're on the edge of your seat....



Laughter is contagious.  It's infectious and yet, it can be one of our greatest cures.  

Have you ever noticed that a room can be filled with tension, and someone can say or do something funny that completely changes the mood in the room?  

I recently read a quote that said, "Don't make me laugh, I'm trying to be mad at you!"  I'm smiling right now as I write this because I can remember times when I've said the same thing. 

I can think of occasions when my husband and I have gotten into it over something silly and all of a sudden, one of us starts laughing and before you know it, both of us are laughing as we quickly realize, it's really not that serious.  

I mean, does it really matter if you stir the cream into your coffee and then dip the spoon into the sugar bowl?  ;-)  I can hear some of you saying, "Yes!"  Lol!

Laughter is the thing that reminds us not to take ourselves and life too seriously. 

We all know that laughter feels good, but how does it actually help us?

Humor and laughter boosts our energy, relieves pain, increases our immune system and relieves the damaging effects of stress and conflict.  Nothing works faster to bring our mind and body back into balance.

Laughter is good for your health:
  1. It relaxes the whole body by relieving tension and stress and can leave your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  2. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies which can improve your resistance to disease.
  3. It triggers the release of endorphins, the bodies natural, feel-good chemical in our brain that promotes an overall sense of well-being.
  4. It protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow which can help protect against heart attack and cardiovascular diseases.

Physical Health Benefits:
Boosts immunity
Lowers stress hormones
Decreases pain
Prevents heart disease
Relaxes your muscles

Mental Health Benefits:
Eases anxiety and fear
Increases joy & enthusiasm for life
Relieves mental stress
Improves mood
Lifts your spirit & faith
Increases confidence

Social Benefits:
Attracts others to us
Strengthens relationships
Helps diffuse conflict
Enhances teamwork
Makes you more attractive

Shared laughter is one of the most effective ways to keep relationships fresh and exciting.  It's great when we can be more spontaneous and let down our defenses.  

Here's a few quotes I like about laughter...

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." - Victor Borge

"Laughing is, and always will be, the best form of therapy." -Dan Voire

"If you laugh a lot, when you get older, your wrinkles will be in the right places." -Unknown

"I love people who make me laugh.  I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh.  It cures a multitude of ills.  It's probably the most important thing in a person." - Audrey Hepburn

Now I can't leave you hanging.... I want to give you a little something to brighten your day and make you smile.

You'll love these!  And trust me, you won't be able to resist Laughing Out Loud!  LOL!   Enjoy :-)




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