Day 14 – Laughter

Laughter is said to be the best medicine, and I have to agree.  I love having a sense of humor.  I love to act goofy.  I love to laugh.  It’s a great way to lift my spirits.  I enjoy comedic plays and movies.  I like watching silly videos and reading comic strips.  I like to have a good chuckle.

Research has shown that laughing is good for you.  When I studied Psychology, I came across many different studies on the power of both having a positive attitude and having a sense of humor.  Laughing burns calories.  A study done at Loma Linda University showed that adults who watched funny videos performed better than those who didn’t on a short-term memory test.  Isn’t that fascinating?

It has also been proven that laughter may reduce stress hormones and boost your immune function.  And did you know laughter therapy is a thing?  Here’s a list of benefits of laughter therapy:

  • Relaxing your muscles
  • Release of endorphins
  • Improving sleep
  • Enhancing creativity and memory
  • Easing digestion
  • Enhancing oxygen intake
  • Improving well-being and positive emotions
  • Boosting immune function
  • Improving blood pressure

(Source – mercola.com)

It’s amazing what a positive outlook will do for your health.  I believe that a good sense of humor is a gift from the Lord – for laughter to be so healthy, I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be!

I’ll share one of my favorite comic strips – Pickles by Brian Crane.  While they are an older couple, Earl and Opal remind me of The Nerd and I:

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8 thoughts on “Day 14 – Laughter

  1. ‘Laughter therapy’ – no, I didn’t know that existed. Sounds good though. I always feel better having had a laugh. Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

  2. That comic strip reminds me of when I used to live with my grandparents–when I was a freshman and sophomore in college. My grandma figured out that I enjoyed reading the comic so she’d set out that section from the newspaper every morning for me to read while I ate my breakfast (clearly I just needed some brain candy after all those textbooks, ha!).

  3. I just read a post the other day about Laughter Yoga!??! I had no idea that was even a thing – but laughter therapy – yes, I have heard of that! I laugh (out loud… for real!) several times a day, every day. It is a gift, for sure and I know it makes a huge difference in my daily life!

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  5. Love the cartoons! Pedro and I have fond memories of laughing too loudly in the hospital whilst watching funny videos. Must have worked–he’s still alive despite his dire prognosis!

  6. I just spent a weekend laughing with friends. We laughed so hard our faces turned red and we were silent for a spell. It was a holy moment. God is in our laughter. (Catching up on my #write31days reading.)

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