Anyone living in modern society has at one point or another, felt a fair-share of stress, anger, depression, or anxious tendencies. There doesn’t seem to be a definitive way to getting around it, or completely avoiding these emotions, but one thing you might want to invest serious time with is some much needed laughter! Growing up, I would try my hardest to laugh when my skin was at its worst, but I was more into sulking and being pissed off than anything else; nowadays, especially during this detox, I always remember to pull out the Jack Nicholson Joker smile, and just laugh until I can no longer breathe and function properly lol…
Another thing I’ve enjoyed doing, over the last couple months, is putting a comedic movie on to set the mood even more and start up the laughing process. This approach hasn’t failed me once, and next time things aren’t going as planned, pop in a movie or a funny TV show, and see how much better you feel after. You could also try a little Laughter Therapy in your life and see how less stressed your life becomes after; the only thing you might experience is intense bouts of laughter!!!
Laughing more often has also come in very handy when I’m driving home from work; all that road rage taking place can really get you riled up—something that has gotten the better of me on a number of occasions—but now I throw out a quick laugh and I’m right back to attempting my hidden singing capabilities, or at least it sounds that way over the actual singers’ voices on my iPod lol. Seriously though, next time life throws unfamiliar things in your direction, sit back, breathe and try to laugh it off; your overall well-being and health will smile, and laugh, right back at you for it!
According to Melissa Breyer, laughter offers us more than a quick…well…laugh:
What can laughter do?:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
- Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
- Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
- Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
- Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
- Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
- Improve alertness, creativity, and memory
What helps you get out of a rut? I’d like to hear how laughing has helped you overcome certain obstacles in your life?
**All references came from,
Breyer, Melissa, 8 Health Benefits of Laughter, 08/23/11…
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