Number 15 of 52

This week’s theme: What makes me laugh?

“Children can teach us a lot about laughing. Happy youngsters will laugh at almost anything, naturally and unashamed. They seem intuitively to know that a good belly laugh keeps them healthy and balanced.”
~~~ Andrew Matthews, Being Happy!

According to Lynette Mitchell, “There has been much scientific study done around the benefits of laughter to one’s health and wellbeing.  It is generally accepted and backed up by studies, that children laugh between 300-400 times per day, whereas adults considerably less, 15-17 times.  What’s that all about?”

Don’t you agree?  As we grow older, we don’t laugh nearly as much as when we were youngsters.  As children, we laugh when we feel like it, because it feels GOOD.  As adults, it is sometimes not acceptable to laugh in certain situations.  We face ‘laughter limitations’, if you will.  Believe it, or not, the lack of laughter negatively affects health and mood.  Check out the following list I discovered that illustrates the benefits of laughter.  The world most definitely needs to adopt the view of a child, to appreciate the ridiculous, the surprising, the unexpected and LAUGH OUT LOUD when the mood strikes!  

Benefits of Laughter

  • 15 minutes of laughter has the same benefits as getting two hours sleep.
  • Laughter helps release fear.
  • According to a study done by the University of Chicago, a great sense of humor can add up to 8 years to your life.
  • Laughter exercises your diaphragm.
  • Laughter helps diffuse conflict and put an end to a dispute.
  • Laughter can help lower your blood pressure. People who tend to laugh at their mistakes show less of a rise in blood pressure when under pressure.
  • When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy.
  • Laughter help release anxiety and stress.
  • Laughter triggers the release of the body’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins.
  • Laughter lowers the body’s level of cortisol. Since cortisol suppresses the immune system, lowering it helps the immune system work properly.
  • Laughter helps release anger.
  • Laughter increases your oxygen intake.
  • Laughter improves your mood and the mood of those around you.
  • You stimulate your heart and lungs by laughing. This helps improve your overall breathing capacity.
  • Laughter helps us bond with one another. When we laugh we tend to talk more, make more eye contact and these thing help us bond.
  • Laughter can be a good energy boost, it increases your energy level.
  • Laughter can help release nervousness.
  • One good belly laugh burns off approximately 3.5 calories.
  • Laughter makes you feel good about yourself and help raise your self-esteem.

LAUGH OUT LOUD, AT LEAST 100 TIMES TODAY!!!

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