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: