Have you laughed lately? I mean a good, hearty belly laugh?
It is said that a child laughs nearly 300 times per day while the average adult laughs less than 20. Whether this is accurate I’m not sure but I wouldn’t doubt it based on the hysterics I witness with my own children.
They laugh. All day. Even when they are trying not to in between fat, crocodile tears. And, especially, when someone says BUTT (have you ever wondered how many times you say that word in a day?).
All jokes aside, research shows that laughter is the best medicine. It has both short term and long term positive effects on stress, the leading cause of chronic health problems in the US. In fact, Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness, experimented with laughter himself and claimed that 10 minutes of belly laughing gave him two hours of pain free sleep.
- Laughing is a natural state changer. Have you ever tried a frown while laughing? Try it. I bet it will make you laugh.
- Laughing increases the intake of oxygen into the heart and lungs. There is even a form of yoga called Laughter Yoga. It’s a hoot!
- Laughing brings us back to the present moment. We can only laugh in the present. And, this is good news because we only have NOW.
What is your favorite way to get a laugh in? Watching a funny movie? Reading a funny book? Watching your cat try to make her way out of a paper bag? Or, maybe it’s laughing for the sake of laughing…
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