Health and Wellness Fridays- Laughter

Pretty Woman, Happy, Young, Female

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.

Laughter, Latino, Autumn, Leaves

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.

Frustrated, Annoyed, Person, Woman

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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Music Reflection Mondays #11

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  How is your Monday going so far?  I know Mondays can seem tough sometimes but here are some of my favourite songs that help get me in the mood to do whatever I have to do. 🙂

My Top 20 Pick Me Ups

  1. One Call Away – Charlie Puth
  2. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me back – Shawn Mendes
  3. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
  4. Lean On – Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ
  5. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
  6. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
  7. Happy– Pharrell Williams
  8. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  9. I Feel Good – James Brown
  10. Best day of my life – American Authors
  11. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  12. Chumbawamba (I get knocked down)  – Tubthumping
  13. Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
  14. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  15. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  16. I like to move it – Movie Madagascar
  17. Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  18. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  19. Break Free – Ariana Grande
  20. Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

Of course, I had to include some of my Disney favourites to the list.  🙂 At the end of the day, dear friends no matter what day of the week there’s always something we can listen to that could put us in a better mood and frame of mind.

Thankfully, the work day is over for most of us and for those of us that are still working add a little music if you can.

Have a great evening! Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

Another Day

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Thank you Lord, for another day

Another opportunity to rise and shine

Another opportunity to use my time

To make a difference and be better

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But I’m just one person

Does my contribution and participation really matter?

The inner voice responds, “Of course it does!

You were placed on this earth for reason

Let your spark leave your mark

In the lives of those who meet you

Even the people who briefly greet you

May their memories of you be sweet.”

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This brings a smile to my face

 And steadiness to my pace

So with this in mind, I choose to slow things down and unwind

Always remembering to take it one day at a time

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To enjoy my life and the people in it

To be grateful and not wasteful

To take pleasure in the little things

The inner voice reminds me, “You could be gone in just one wink

Your life may not be as bad as you think.”

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So I make the decision

To enjoy and treasure each day

Not too much work or too much play

For tomorrow is another day.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

It can be hard sometimes to find balance in our lives but it is important to prioritize and pace ourselves.  Have a great weekend!