Just for laughs

 

Happy Thursday everyone! Thankful Thursday that is. I am thankful for so many things but this week I am especially thankful for laughter. Here’s why. I was listening to an interview the other day given by Greg Sherwood who was speaking with James Alterich (a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor, and writer). The talk was entitled, Choose Yourself! How Inner Health Can Bring Outer Success and Peace, and it was great! It was filled with lots of good tips and inspiration, but there was one part of the interview that really left me absolutely dumbfounded. Do you want to know what it was? It was a statistic. Yup, just some numbers that Mr. Alterich threw out while talking about joy. It stated this… 

The average child laughs about 300 times a day. 
The average adult laughs only 5 times a day.

WHAT?!? Could this really be true? I was so blown away that I started to keep track of my children’s laughter compared to my own. I didn’t keep a tally sheet or anything crazy but low and behold it was true. All day long, even amongst the temper-tantrums and fits, the air would be filled with my children’s laughter. And me? Well I caught myself smiling quite a bit but not laughing.

Now, we’ve always heard that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Laughter… 

  • strengthens the immune system
  • boosts energy (no wonder kids are like duracell batteries)
  • protects from the effects of stress
  • relaxes the body
  • decreases blood pressure
  • decreases anxiety 
  • helps us deal with pain
  • and just plain feels good

So why in the world aren’t we laughing more? Have you ever seen a picture of someone “really” laughing? It is the most amazing and joyous thing ever. They are euphoric!

Therefore, it has since been my mission for the last few days to make myself laugh MORE. Here is what I have found...

-Laughter yoga is great!

http://www.laughteryoga.org/english

-Hanging out with my kids more makes me laugh more.

-A good joke definitely makes me giggle

Q: Why couldn't the Yogi vacuum his carpet? 
A: He had lost all his attachments. 

-Hanging out with great friends and family increases my laughter by A LOT

-Just trying to laugh for no reason makes me laugh

-Watching other people laugh makes me laugh (especially babies, they know what's up)

-A great comedy movie keeps me laughing even days later

-Dancing like crazy in my house or even in my car gets me laughing and my kids laughing at me. Two birds with one stone. 

-The yellow slide at Jungle Java, bouncing on our trampoline and running through the sprinkler all induce laughter.

Go and discover something that really brings out the joy in you, do it and do it often. We could all use a little more laughter in our lives. Remember laughter = health and healing. Laugh on my freinds, laugh on!