A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.
It is Tuesday and time for laughter!
While psychologists are still doing research on laughter and its many health benefits, we really do not need to be experts to realize what a good laugh does to our overall mood.
Laughing is literally the cheapest form of therapy and by far the most pleasant one.
It has the power to heal not only your soul, but also your body.
Remember how you felt the last time someone left you in tears after cracking a joke?
There is no better feeling.
Dan and I love laughing and do whatever we can to get our fair share every single day, even if that means watching a short stand-up comedy show or a comedy movie.
We just need it to distract our minds from dwelling on negative things that happen every now and then.
And it works every time.
Laughter might be the only contagious thing that you want to catch.
So, laugh whenever you get the chance, and laugh hard even when people give you funny looks.
The right kind of person will start laughing too, without even knowing why.
So, as we have been exploring words and how it effects our health, I welcome you to check out the past two weeks posts with words such as, time, faith, self-worth, happiness, encouragement, self-talk, optimism, karma, forgiveness, trust, appreciation, thoughts and words, power, rebuilding, passion, confidence, connection, transitioning, motivation, preparation, and coping.
Today the word is laughter.
Studies so far have shown that laughter can help relieve pain, bring greater happiness, and even increase immunity.
Positive psychology names the propensity for laughter and sense of humor as one of the twenty-four main signature strengths one can possess.
Unfortunately, however, many people do not get enough laughter in their lives.
In fact, one study suggests that healthy children may laugh as much as four hundred times per day, but adults tend to laugh only fifteen times per day.
Other studies find us laughing a little more than that, but if you ask Dan, virtually all of us could use a little more laughter in our lives, considering how beneficial a good laugh can be for our stress levels and overall wellness.
Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine, and growth hormone.
It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones, like endorphins.
Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells we have working for us and enhances the effectiveness of T cells.
All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.
Have you ever felt like you must laugh, or you will cry?
Have you experienced that cleansed feeling after a good laugh?
Laughter provides a physical and emotional release.
A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abdominal muscles, and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward.
It even provides a good workout for the heart.
Laughter takes the focus away from anger, guilt, stress, and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.
Studies show that our response to stressful events can be altered by whether we view something as a threat or a challenge.
Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view events as challenges, thereby making them less threatening and more positive.
Laughter connects us with others.
Just as with smiling and kindness, most people find that laughter is contagious.
So, if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more and realize these benefits as well.
By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!
So, today let us go out there and do some laughing.
Here is a start, a joke-
Sometimes you must step on one person’s toes if you want progress in life.
Unless you hope to be a professional ballroom dancer.
As Dan and I start a new year; we will be posting daily 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
WALKING IN THE WOODS is a wonderful way to connect with the primal energy within us.
We are meant to contact the natural world.
Nature is a wonderful stress reliever.
Standing among trees gives us perspective on just how small we are and how vast the universe is.
Our problems are not greater than we are.
We are greater than the trails we go through.
When you are feeling overwhelmed, seek out nature to connect with a power greater than your worries.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Dan and I have started back bouncing and walking to Walk at Home YouTube.
It is always important to change your routine around you but continue keeping a healthy lifestyle.
For us, that may be walking through a park, walking in a mall, or going to the gym and just staying home, bouncing, and walking to Walk at Home with YouTube.
This also includes daily meditation and twice a week Tai Chi.
Guided Laughter Meditation: Healing & Transformation Solfeggio MI 528 Hz Binaural Beats 7.83 Hz
Laughter is a powerful healing technique.
This Guided Laughter Meditation combines specific audio frequencies (Solfeggio MI frequency 528 Hz) and brainwave entrainment (binaural beats at 7.83Hz) with laughter to trigger happy chemicals to be released, which supports reparative healing and transformation.
DOSE = Happy Chemicals = Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins
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Until Wednesday, I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness.
In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can.