Health and Wellness Fridays- Laughter

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Friday Greetings to each of you!!  🙂 Although it has been raining all day and most of the night I am happy to report that I’ve been blessed with another day and opportunity to share this earth with each of you.  I hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far and that you choose to make the most of it regardless of the obstacles that try to throw you off your game.

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the benefits of laughter to our overall health and well-being.

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Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?  Let’s find out.

Some benefits of laughter include:

  1. Reduce stress hormones
  2. Boosts immune system
  3. Regulates blood pressure
  4. Increases blood oxygenation
  5. Enhance your mood making you feel better
  6. Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers
  7. Help burn additional calories
  8. Help you cope better during challenging times
  9. Helps improve your sense of humour
  10. Works out the stomach muscles
  11. Improves heart health
  12. Improves memory
  13. May even fight off cancer
  14. Promote creativity
  15. Laughter increases connection with others

Some of us often think that if we or others are laughing then we or they are not taking life seriously.  The truth is, there will always be something going on in the world that we don’t like or agree it.  However, there will also have good things and people as well that should be celebrated and enjoyed and not overshadowed by all of the negativity that can suck the joy right out of us.

Just take a look at the possible benefits to be gained from such a simple act as laughing.    No sign up fee.  No membership fee. Laughter is the easiest and most affordable element we can add to our everyday lives to make even subtle improvements to our overall health and well-being.

Now back to my earlier question, “Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?”  Yes, I believe it does.  When I look around it is almost impossible to miss the visible differences between people who laugh nearly everyday and those who are barely able to crack a smile.  The major differences would include: their uptight physically and in their interactions with others; their bodies seem tense all of the time and some may even be labelled as unapproachable.

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I’m almost certain that if we took a closer look at their blood pressure and stress levels their scores would probably be higher as well and they may not even know it.  Most of us don’t realize until it is too late and we’re forced to go the doctor or the hospital.  Don’t allow the pressures of life to stifle your laughter.

Okay, so we’ve seen the benefits of laughter but there can be some side effects also.  Let’s take a look.

  1. Sore muscles. Have you ever laughed so hard and long that your muscles hurt? The joke or moment was hilarious but your poor muscles paid the price after. That was actually your muscles getting a workout.  The pain is short-lived but the funny memory would live on.   🙂
  2. Persons in recovery from abdominal surgery in particular as well as any other area of the body that may be impacted by laughter should be cautious and if possible try avoiding laughter as this could be painful at least until after they have fully recovered.

At the end of the day, life has its complications from time to time but laughter is not one of them.  Smile, laugh and live each day enjoying every moment where and whenever you can.

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Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!  Don’t forget to laugh. 🙂

 

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Do you dare to laugh?

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Have you ever noticed that as adults some of us don’t laugh as much as we used to when compared to our younger selves?  Why is that?  Some blame “the pressures of life” for taking the wind out of their sails.  Then there are those who believe it’s because “we take life too seriously“.   What do you believe?

I recognize that as adults we have commitments, responsibilities, jobs, families and all sorts of other things that we have to deal with on a daily basis.  However, laughter is not the enemy.  In fact, as adults I believe we need to laugh even more than we did as kids because of all the added responsibilities we now have.

This brings me to my observations about being an adult thus far:

  • We are often frowned upon when we try to enjoy the little things in life and may have our actions labelled as childish sometimes;
  • We are not allowed to make mistakes as this is a privilege only afforded to children;
  • We are sometimes criticized when we try to ‘lighten up’ because for some this would mean that we don’t take life seriously;
  • Laughter it seems is a delicacy only for the young and carefree among us;
  • The people looking on at us and passing judgement need to laugh more than  we do.

Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard you fell off a chair?  What about the time you laughed so hard you almost wet your pants? Do you remember the time you laughed so hard you cried from laughing so much? It brings a smile to my face just remembering those moments hopefully it did the same thing for you.

Benefits of laughter:

  • Laughter is healthy.
  • Laughter is a stress reliever.
  • Calm your thoughts.
  • Helps you relax.
  • Makes you feel good.

Life can be tough sometimes I can’t deny that but it also has its good moments too. We should find joy in the little things.  Go to the amusement park, go on a fun ride, go to the movies or a comedy show (hire a babysitter for the night to watch the kids) just do something fun every once in a while and make it a “thing” that you do for you.  If you wish to share it with the whole family even better. 🙂

Life is too short for us to just go through the motions day after day.  Don’t let life’s challenges keep you down.  Free up a little, relax, create new memories and laugh every chance you get.

I dare you to laugh and not feel awkward about it.  🙂

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