Go ahead, just bust a gut...let it rip I tell ya! Laughter is therapeutic!
The old saying that “laughter is the best medicine” definitely appears to be true, as many patients, doctors and health-care professionals are finding out.
Research by Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, and boosts immune function. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. It produces a general sense of well-being and fights depression. Science has also shown that it is really not possible to laugh and think at the same time. So when you need a break from thinking...just let it out!!
According to Dr. Annette Goodheart, laughter also increases your intellectual performance and boosts information retention. Research done by Dr. Michael Miller at the University of Maryland Medical Center, suggests that like exercise, laughter is good for your heart. Laughing is aerobic, providing a workout for the diaphragm, increasing the body's ability to use oxygen, and has a cleansing effect on your lungs.
Folks, humor is a universal language. It is free, it is fun and has no known negative side effects.
These videos may help you laugh out loud…lose the sour face my friends:
My gratitude goes out to some special folks that I can always call on to crack me up: Velma H., Sandra S., Johnny H., Alton & Viv M., Karlene W. and Phil G. They always have a smile on their face and laughter in their voice. Thank you guys…I keep your phone numbers on speed dial!!
I read that children laugh up to 300-400 times a day, and adults only about 15 times a day; but that apparently these figures have not been "scientifically proven". I say, so what?! Children DO laugh a LOT more than adults, for obvious and some not so obvious reasons. They can laugh regardless of whether or not someone has told a joke, said, or done something funny. They laugh when they are content or having their needs met. They can burst into peals of laughter just by looking into your eyes... you all know that! They laugh anywhere and anytime, at anything. I say we should all try to be a bit more child-like in this regard. What say you?
This video below may seem silly or extreme, but science does show that there are benefits, even if you fake it. Hopefully we can do the real thing more often.