We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but why that is? I’ve never been one to have an arsenal of jokes ready for an on-demand performance, but my impromptu comments and anecdotes have provided some comic relief over the years. Especially when I’ve had a few drinks. We all think we’re pretty entertaining at that point, right!?
Laughing is one of my favorite things in the world and now there’s scientific evidence which supports the hypothesis it has a healing effect. When we laugh, the naturally released neuro chemical endorphins have been found to elevate our mood and cause relief from stress. That right there is worth its weight in gold.
Humor is infectious. One of my boys has the best laugh on this planet. When he gets going, tears literally fill his eyes and those around him can’t help but break into laughter just because he is. Faster than catching a cold, the flu, or any sort of virus, catch the giggles and see how quickly it can turn a bad day, into a great one for you and those in your company.
When we laugh, there are physical benefits to our vital organs by increasing blood and oxygen flow throughout the entire body. Some of the physiological benefits of a good laugh are: lowers blood pressure, stabilizes blood sugars in type 11 diabetes, boosts the immune system, prevents heart disease, lowers stress hormones, and decreases pain. Not a bad prescription right! Plus, a good deep belly laugh is free.
Humor has served as a great tool for alleviating social awkwardness over the years and breaking the ice in emotionally uncomfortable situations. (Caution: I’m not talking about using humor as a way to deflect from getting at the heart of an issue). Laughter has a way of bringing people together and creating a bond.
I would venture to say, most are attracted to people who make us smile and laugh. I enjoy being in the company of those who are light-hearted. (This is not the same as being light-minded). Emotionally speaking, humor is a great way to relieve stress, anger, and fear. Laughter thru tears is the best way for me to shift my mood.
Please be mindful of never creating laughter at the expense of another’s well-being. That is most definitely not funny! I’ve never been able to watch the home videos where people are injured in some way. As an empath, I can tell when someone is hurt physically and/or emotionally and finding pleasure in someone else’s pain will cause the exact opposite effect on one’s emotions and put undue stresses on the body. So, be mindful that your humor is healthy fun for all. I wish I could leave you with a funny joke but since I’m more impromptu, your homework assignment is to laugh today. Laughter is free medicine and now is as good a time as any to get your fill. Watch a funny movie, see a comedy show, or laugh at someone’s joke!!!
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