Laugh Often…for the Health of it!
One of my TCOY Wellness topics is laughter. Children are masters of this universal health boost and practice it freely (studies show children laugh as much as 300x a day!). Adults, unfortunately, have a range of 15-100 laughs per day and I firmly believe this is an area everyone can benefit from more of. Not only is it free and fun, the health benefits are tremendous as it relaxes the whole body and boosts the immune system.
Did you know the third most important person in the early Native American tribes was “the clown”? You simply can’t be angry and laughing at the same time…so seize the day and LOL…for the Health of it!
One of my all time favorite “I Love Lucy” shows is the … as she says “it’s so tasty too!” Priceless!
There are multiple health benefits to laughing often: it lowers your stress hormones, relaxes your muscles, and decreases pain among many other things. There are social benefits, too! People want to be around happy people. Chances are if you laugh often, you will attract people to yourself. Everyone will want to be your friend! Laughter helps build community.
Step It Up:
Encourage other people to laugh with you. Tell more jokes, and don’t take yourself too seriously. Be willing to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake. And be willing to let others laugh with you!
Keep It Simple:
Having a hard time finding something to laugh about? Pop in your favorite comedy or find a funny clip on YouTube or Hulu from your favorite show. Once you start laughing you’ll find the tension and stress will subside. Laughter is good medicine.