Take a breath...and laugh!

February 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I took today way too seriously.  My stomach was in a knot, my head ached.  It really was so silly.  My GPS failed to work and without it, there was no sense of direction.  Or common sense.  Yep, sad how we rely on modern technology too much.  It was only a 1/2 hour of wasted time trying to find our locale, but so frustrating.  Around this block, down this street, around and around.  Now how hard could this be?!  Lost in Golden Gate Park.   Eventually the puzzle fell into place and we arrived at our destination.  The scenery was still there.  No big deal.  We simply  had taken the wrong turn.

  I took a deep breath and started laughing.  It was so ridiculous.  AND then it struck me how great it felt to laugh this away!!  I mean how beneficial is that!  What does a laugh mean?  It is a healthful exertion.  It takes the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions in a helpful way.  We all have experienced the wonderful cleansed feeling after a good belly laugh!   So today I vow to have a daily dose of laughter! 

A simple solution to a healthier, happier you!

  1. Laughter is a  tranquilizer with no side effects.  Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones and increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress
  2. Laughter is part of the human survival kit.  I invite you to remember the time you felt like you’d have to laugh or I’ll cry!  Laughter provides a physical and emotional release. In addition, our response to stressful events can be altered by whether we view something as a 'threat' or a 'challenge'. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view events as 'challenges', making them less threatening and putting them in a more positive light.
  3. Shared laughter is a powerful tool:  Laughter connects us with others and it is rip roaring contagious. If you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you laugh more.  They in turn will benefit by an elevated mood and reduced stress levels as well.  
  4. Laughing is also the best of entertainments as it livens up many a situation and brings people together in the moment.

Enjoy!!


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