By Judy Mick
Laughter can help you to stay healthy. Yes, believe it or not it can. Anyone who knows me personally would think that I must be the healthiest person on earth. But, I’m a firm believer in laughter and laughing at anything – and definitely including myself. My hubby will walk into the kitchen and hear me giggling at something. He’ll ask me what I’m laughing at – and it’s usually something silly I’ve done. But, the point is – laughter is good for you. Read on to find out why!
First of all, laughter relieves stress. Everyone knows how bad stress is for you. If you are going through a stressful situation – try to find something that makes you laugh. Watch a favorite funny TV show, read something funny – do something that you know will make you laugh. This will help you to maybe not forget about your situation – but will help you to relieve some of the stress and keep it from building up to a critical point.
Once you take a little break and do something to put some humor in your life – you will feel much better. You’ll be more able to handle the situation and will have a little bounce in your step when you can back to whatever you are dealing with.
I’m a runner – so I understand endorphins that are produced when I run. Endorphins are what the mind produces that gives you a good feeling all over – think “runner’s high”. Here’s something that many people don’t know. Laughter can cause these endorphins, also. So, the more you laugh – the better you’ll feel! That’s one of the reasons that people say that those that have a good sense of humor are healthier and happier.
Here’s another little known fact about laughter. When you laugh, it sends a boost of oxygen to your brain. This extra oxygen will help you to think more clearly. Having a good laugh also helps to relax your mind. You know how your mind will think overtime and keep you from other things – get a good laugh in about something. It will help to clear everything up.
If you are dealing with a difficult situation with someone – find something to laugh about with them. It can break up the tension – and you can resolve whatever it is better. And, with better feelings on both sides than may have happened otherwise.
So, it’s perfectly alright to laugh throughout your day. It’s good for you – and will keep you healthier in body and mind! Find the humor in whatever situation and see how much better you are! Remember the Reader’s Digest section – “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”.
Laughter is one of the ways that you can stay healthy.
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Emerging Health is having their third comedy show fundraiser of the season. It is on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will be at “A NEW LOCATION” at The Downtown Club in beautiful downtown Fresno. The dinner is from 6pm-7pm and the show is at 8pm. There is also some musical entertainment and “Magic Mike” the magician will be performing as well. Raffle prizes will also be raffled off throughout the evening. The tickets to the show and dinner are $30 or you can purchase a ticket JUST for the Comedy Show for $20. It’s a wonderful cause. I have been a part of this non-profit for around 6yrs now and I’m on the Board of Directors. I do not get paid for this. I do it for the cause and not the applause. Proceeds go towards helping people who have a mental health diagnosis and fighting the stigma and discrimination that goes along with that. If you’d like to buy tickets to the show or donate and be a sponsor, please let me know. I have 15 tickets I’m selling, but you can also purchase them at the door. For more information contact me here on Facebook or call Dan Daniel Croteau at (559) 259-7782.
Why Laughter is the Best Medicine
By Julie Prosser
Do you laugh enough each and every day? Research shows that a newborn baby laughs around 300 to 400 times a day. However an adult hardly has time to have a hearty laugh these days. As we grow we tend to get busy with our problems and issues, stress and worry tends to take over. As a result we have forgotten how to laugh from the bottom of our belly like we did when we were children.
Stress is a serious factor that controls many aspects of our lives. It can affect our physical and psychological health. Stress can contribute to all kinds of health problems such as insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, etc. It can also affect our performance at home and at work.
Laughter is a wonderful stress buster. Some of the benefits of laughter are:
1. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones such as epinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol.
2. It increases the level of health-enhancing hormones such as endorphins.
3. It strengthens our immune system by increasing the release of anti-bodies in our system.
3. It leads to a physical and emotional release – many people cry at the end of a good laugh. There is a sense of freedom from bottled-up emotions. They experience a cleansed feeling after a hearty laugh.
4. It is a good internal workout – a good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles and the heart. You feel more relaxed afterwards.
5. It distracts your feelings away from anger, guilt, shame, etc. so that your focus is shifted from negative feelings to positive ones.
Laughter plays a vital role in a persons well-being. Laughter has the capacity to heal and make us feel healthier so that we feel refreshed and we regain our strength to carry on with our life. Some of the medical benefits of laughter are: Improved blood circulation, increase in the sense of well-being due to release of endorphins, which are also known as ‘feel-good hormones’, increased immunity, pain relief, etc.
Now that you understand the positive effects of laughter why don’t you raise your laughter level with the following tactics?
1. Instead of watching serious movies on romance and war, you could watch truly hilarious movies on TV or go to funny movies and enjoy a belly-full of laughter with your family. Why not have a laughter challenge with your family or friends.
2. There are enough worries in life. Instead of focusing on them, try to laugh at them. Complain less and laugh more.
3. Studies show that faked laughter also has positive benefits on health. Fake laughter may lead to real smiles and laughter. You could call it laughter medicine.
4. Make it a point to read joke books, laughter quotes or watch funny movies before going to bed because it relaxes you and helps you to have a pleasant sleep.
Laughter is the best medicine.
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