Love to Laugh? Laughter as a Form of Medicine



Feeling stressed out lately? Maybe it’s time to crack a joke and tickle your funny bone!

Who knew how helpful a little laughter could be? The health benefits are surprisingly many. Whether you’re sharing an inside joke with a friend, watching a TV sitcom or comedy, listening to a comedian or cracking up at the Sunday funnies, you can boost your health and strengthen your relationships by simply laughing. Share the laughter in a giggle fest with someone you care about and it will help their health, too! Strengthen your relationships and enforce bonding. Laughter unites people and helps you get through tough times. You can even add years to your lives!

GET THE GIGGLES

It’s fast, fun and free. . . Get playful and lighthearted. Turn what’s laughable into a game or exercise that becomes an ingrained habit. Reflect regularly on what’s funny. Use humor to quickly alleviate tension in a situation, improve someone’s mood and outlook, or share something in common. It’s fun to be funny and share a sense of humor. Use it in your daily conversations. Humor can greatly improve your connections and relationships, and it reinforces the social aspect of communicating with someone. It can aid your health, healing and life in so many ways!

LAUGHTER IS FOR EVERYONE!

From babies to the elderly, each person can share a smile and laugh that will improve lives and lift their loads. Laughter can be contagious! Often, giggling and laughing is triggered by just simply hearing someone else giggling and laughing.

WHY SO SERIOUS?

The more you can work on developing your humor and finding opportunities to explore and share it, the more you will . . . yes, laugh! Instead of waiting for someone to cheer you up or make you laugh, laugh whenever you can. Instead of getting defensive over your mistakes, flaws and imperfections, put a healthy positive spin on them and instead, laugh them off. When something negative happens, flip it around and find what’s funny. Turn it into a humorous anecdote and let laughter light up your eyes, face and entire life.

LAUGH LINES ARE LOVELY

Maybe laugh lines have formed next to twinkling eyes that sparkle and shine. Perhaps they reflect a dash of wit, a bit of sass and a hint of sarcasm. Or just plain and simple old fashioned sense of humor and a love of laughter. Those lines that some people try to cover up and minimize are actually quite lovely. They show how much you have laughed and smiled over time and reflect how naturally you have aged, growing better over time, like a fine wine.

A TENSION TAMER AND ANXIETY RELIEVER

Relax and have fun. Naturally relieve tension and anxiety from issues and problems with ever-so-handy-humor. Calm down your whole body and let your muscles relax for up to 45 minutes after.

HUMOR = HAPPINESS

Time to turn that frown upside down while you diffuse any anger and banish any sadness with this get-happy helper. Turn off those distressing emotions and opt for the positive. Improve your mood and add joy, zest and joie de vivre to life.

STAY HEALTHY

Become more resilient and amp up your ability to fight infection with antibodies and prevent diseases by improving your immune system.

SUBSTITUTE PAIN MEDICATION AND LIVE LONGER

Escape pain with this feel-good solution when endorphins are released as feel-good chemicals.  As if all these health benefits weren’t enough, a study in Norway has even found that people who laugh more tend to live longer.

WAYS TO GET GIGGLING:

  • Make a list of all the people and things you find funny (try to be as detailed as possible)
  • Write down inside jokes and funny stories and reflect on them
  • Watch a funny TV show, movie or video on YouTube
  • Listen to or watch a comedian or funny speaker
  • Read a funny book, e-book or comic strip
  • Play with your pet or someone else’s pet
  • Play with a child or children and do something silly

 


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