Research shows that laughter is indeed ‘the best medicine’. Today I encourage you to join me in loving on those who have made us laugh over the years. They have been ‘good for us’. Good for our overall well-being – mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. So glad they have been part of our world. We call them family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, schoolmates, service providers, teachers, students, passersby or random strangers. In my world there are no coincidences. You were meant to cross my path. If you ever made laugh – thank you!
You came along, lightened my load, relieved tension and anxiety. You did my body good! Laughter can dispel conflicts, shifts perspectives and enhance your mood. Ever heard about the ‘feel good hormone’, endorphins? laughter stimulate their release. These even help to regulate other hormones. It is even said that laughter eases pain by causing the body to produce it’s own natural painkillers like endorphins. According to various sources laughter reduces stress and boosts immunity. So laugh a little and live longer!
I hope you find a reason to laugh today. In this ever increasingly difficult world – chase the clouds away and see things a little different. Find someone to laugh with. If not, laugh at yourself and with yourself! Revisit the old photo albums and the home videos. Call that friend who remembers every crazy thing you ever did together. Go sit with a happy senior citizen. Trust me – they have bucket loads of stories that will have you rolling. Call some friends from high school or college. Whatever you do – don’t lay in those dark emotions too long. Laughter looks much better on you.
Ella Wilcock’s Poem ‘Solitude’ has an interesting line: “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.” It may be harsh, but true. People don’t have mental fiber to weep with us forever. We’re not wired like that – sorrow has a way of draining our strength. Laughter, on the other hand, does wonder to our bodies – infusing zest and vigor. So, laugh a little! Just what the doctor ordered; a good dose of laughter.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. [Proverbs 17:22]
***Thanks for reading. Laugh a little…