This week I noticed that I have been drawn to books, TV shows, and people that make me laugh. My friend Saralyn had been laughing out loud with her post on Facebook and I can’t get enough of Hawkeye on M.A.S.H. I also found episodes of I Love Lucy that have me rolling on the floor laughing.
So… you know me, I had to check into “Why”
Why was I searching for funny things?
Why did it matter so much?
This is what I learned …A sense of humor can boost resilience and get you through the really tough days!
When things are as bad as we think they are, laughter helps create positive emotions and helps us find a frame of mind in which we can more easily cope with the struggles of life. Laughter eases tension and sharpens our ability to concentrate.
Laughter is good for us!
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
- Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
- Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
- Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
In fact, consider building humor into your daily life for lifelong effects.
- Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips, that make you chuckle. Hang them up at home or in your office.
- Keep funny movies, books, magazines, or comedy videos on hand for when you need an added humor boost.
- Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.
- Knock, knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library’s selection of joke books and add a few jokes to your list that you can share with friends.
- Know what isn’t funny. Don’t laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren’t appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad or hurtful one
How many times a day do you experience the rich joy of laughter?
If we want to be happier, healthier, and more productive we need to make time to laugh. Because when we laugh, when we really laugh, deep from the belly… we feel alive!