You're having a laugh! And 10 reasons why you should
Have you got too serious? When did you last have a proper 'belly laugh'?
Children laugh loads of times a day and very easily! But as we mature we seem to act like fun and laughter is not very ‘adult’. Somehow adulthood is expected to be a very serious business.
Nobody likes childishness in an adult but there’s a huge amount to be said for being ‘child-like’ - children are ‘in the moment’, enjoying the present, no worries about what’s round the corner, ready for laughter, looking for fun.
Laughter is GOOD for us. it is THE top way to look after our own health that doesn't involve food at all!
But we’re not talking about a weak smile or a little titter, we’re talking full belly laugh - that 'in the moment' laughter that shuts everything else out except the enormous happiness you’re feeling.
Here's 10 benefits that a good laugh gives us:
Lowers blood pressure
Great stress buster as it reduces stress hormones - you literally can’t be stressed and really laugh at the same time.
Increases muscle relaxation
Boosts immune function
Releases endorphins (natural painkillers)
General sense of well-being
Reduces feelings of anxiety
Activates the cardiovascular system - gives the heart and blood pressure a good workout
Deep breathing = lung cleansing effect
Attracts positive relationships
Laughter won't just start to happen now you've read this, you have to plan it in, make it happen because you may have got out of the habit of looking for fun.
So try these simple steps to make YOUR world a happier place:
Make a note of how often you laugh in this coming week AND what made you laugh - especially belly laughs.
Make a list of your favourite laughter triggers and work out how to increase them in your day to day life.
If you’re having a romantic dinner tonight with your loved one, how about avoiding all the normal talk about family problems, work issues, state of the world etc (or is that just me?) and have a chat on what makes you laugh, how you can increase the fun you have together and how you can plan for laughter.
What does history have to say about laughter?
“Laughter is the tranquilliser with no side effects”. Arnold Glasgow, Humorist 20th Century *
“I never would have made it if I could not have laughed. It lifted me momentarily out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it livable. — Viktor Frankl Auschwitz survivor.
Clowns were often sent into children's’ hospitals in the early 20th Century. *
“Stress adds a nail to our coffin and a merry grin pulls one out”. John Walcot 18th Century. *
“The arrival of a clown does more for the health of a town than the arrival of 20 donkeys laden with drugs”. Thomas Sydenham 17th Century. *
“Let the surgeon take care to regulate all the patient’s life for joy and happiness, allowing his relatives and special friends to cheer him and by having someone tell him jokes”. Henri de Mondeville French surgeon 14th Century. *
“A cheerful heart is good medicine and has a continual feast”. Proverb approx 500BC.