If you’re feeling tired after a long week, or like you need a bit of a mental or emotional boost, I’ve got something special for you.
You know the saying, “laughter is the best medicine,” right?
There’s truth to it. And it’s cheap medicine too, as famously said by Lord Byron, the British romantic poet of the 19th century.
A good belly laugh doesn’t cost a cent but it has incredible health benefits.
At a physical level, a deep belly laugh makes us feel so, soooo good. And, it actually improves your intake of oxygen-rich air which stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles. In fact, you’re actually giving your organs a massage with every belly laugh.
Laughter also instantly lifts our mood, reduces stress and leaves us feeling refreshed. According to this study, it can even fight depression and help us sleep better.
But, did you know that laughter actually boosts your immune system through the release of endorphins? It’s those natural feel-good chemicals that promote an overall sense of well-being. Endorphins also support the production of immune cells and antibodies that help defend your body against illness, and can reduce pain and inflammation.
So, given all these amazing health benefits associated with laughter, when was the last time you had a really good, tears-down-your-face belly laugh?
Personally speaking, I’m tired of seeing grumpy, whiny people everywhere.
You know, the people who always have a frown on their face. The ones who take life so seriously.
Have we really forgotten how to lighten up? I sure hope not.
So, today, find something funny that makes you really laugh out loud. And then share it with someone to make their day.
It could be a funny meme, a joke (even a good knock, knock joke could do the trick), watch a sitcom or some stand-up comedy, or reflect on a funny memory. Share your funnies with someone and make them laugh out loud too.
And then make a conscious effort to spread some more laughter over the weekend. Make it contagious, because that’s what laughter really is. It’s the healthy contagion, LOL.
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