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Laughter is good medicine ☺

Posted by daysha , 17 May 2009 · 2,505 views

"A merry heart does good, like medicine,
Proverbs 17:22.

Here is an excerpt from

The Healing Power of Humor by Maud Purcell LCSW CEAP 12 Dec 2006

"Today we have a better understanding of how laughter affects human physiology. It:

Reduces pain. Our bodies produce pain-killing hormones called endorphins in response to laughter.

Strengthens immune function. A good belly laugh increases production of T-cells, interferon and immune proteins called globulins.

Decreases stress. When under stress, we produce a hormone called cortisol. Laughter significantly lowers cortisol levels and returns the body to a more relaxed state.
The other good news is that humor has a positive impact on intellectual and emotional functioning. It:

Helps put life’s trials and tribulations into healthy perspective by making them seem smaller.

Aids us in overcoming fear.

Allows us to take ourselves less seriously.

Triggers our creativity.

As you can see, humor can be the curative our ancestors professed it to be.

But how can you incorporate more laughter into your life, when you are already overwhelmed by daily demands? Won’t humor be just one more thing to add to your “to do” list?

Fortunately there are ways to bring levity into your life without adding extra pressure. Find one of the following methods that works for you:

“Humor up” your work environment. Bring kids’ toys to work and keep them within reach. When you are stressed, take out a toy and play. That irate customer on the phone will have no idea that you are keeping your cool by playing with a Slinky. Place funny pictures of friends and loved ones around your office, including ones of you when you were a ridiculous-looking kid.

Create a humor file. Fill it with funny cartoons, sayings and jokes, as you run across them. When things are looking particularly grim, refer to your file. You’ll get a good laugh and be able to put things back in perspective in no time.

For recreation, do some of the things you did as a kid. You’ll find that these activities completely take you away from all of that “heavy” stuff. And the escape will do wonders for your attitude.

Exaggerate a stressful situation. Take your situation and make it even bigger than it is. You might think this will cause more stress; however, blowing the problem up will allow you to see the absurdity of it, and afford you a great belly laugh.

Invite friends over for a “come as you are” party — and insist that they come as they are!
Host a slumber party. You’re never too old! Have friends bring pillows and blankets, eat junk food, and stay up all night telling scary stories. Trust me, this will provide you with a new perspective — a hysterically funny one.

You have a choice: You can continue to be a “grown-up,” and let all of the frustrations and disappointments in life weigh you down, or you can introduce levity into even the toughest circumstances.

If you “let a smile be your umbrella,” you are likely to enjoy each day to its fullest and spend less time at the doctor’s office."

You forgot the best and most important one, Holy Ghost laughter.
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