Laugh it Off

Have you ever started to vent to a friend and had them say something to make you laugh? That has happened to me. The best part about that experience is it made me realize that what I was venting about was not as serious as I thought. Laughing can minimize your problems. It is difficult to laugh and think about your problems at the same time.

Laughter is great for reducing stress. When I am having a tough day, I can watch a Sanford & Son episode and feel 100% better. Sanford & Son my not be your cup of tea; however, you can find something to ignite your sense of humor. You may have a comedian who makes you laugh or a movie that is funny to you. Do you like yoga? There are places you can participate in laughing yoga. The goal is to find something that works for you.

Why laugh? According to a Mayo Clinic article, laughter has both short-term and long-term benefits. The short-time benefits include stimulation of organs, stress response relief, and soothed tension. Long-term benefits include improved immune system, pain relief, increased personal satisfaction, and improved mood. Some people believe that laughter lowers blood pressure.

Do you know someone who never laughs? Do they seem happy to you? The bible says, “A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 Amplified Version) Laughter is great medicine without any negative side effects.

If you feel you do not have a sense of humor, there are ways to improve it. Is there something from your childhood you thought was funny? You can go back. Do not let anyone put you in a box. Think outside of your circle. Research and find your funny. Do not be afraid or ashamed of the silly. If you think YouTube cat videos are funny, watch YouTube cat videos. Try to laugh every day. Think of the benefits a good laugh can have on your overall wellbeing.

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