Someday We’ll Laugh About This!

By Kimmi Devaney

“Honey, you’ll laugh about this someday!” If only I had a quarter for every time my family said that when I was a kid. Have you ever fallen down the stairs or done something incredibly stupid, awkward or embarrassing? None of these things are funny at the time, but looking back upon these events sometimes is. We all do something dumb at one point or another, so why not laugh about it? In fact, there is actually a holiday for this! January 2-8 is ‘Someday we’ll laugh about this” week. Who knew!

Why not start off 2012 by taking some time to laugh? Not only will laughing improve your mood, but it can also help improve your overall happiness and reduce stress. In fact, the Mayo Clinic confirms this. Here are a few reasons why a good laugh is good for your health:

  • Improves your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can impact your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieves pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers. Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
  • Increases personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.

The Mayo Clinic also offers some tips for developing your funny bone. After all, who doesn’t love a good laugh?

  • Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos or comic strips that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies or comedy albums on hand for when you need an added humor boost.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.
  • Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.
  • Knock-knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library’s selection of joke books and get a few rib ticklers in your repertoire that you can share with friends.
  • Know what isn’t funny. Don’t laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren’t appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad, or hurtful, one.

For more information about how laughter is good for your health, visit the Mayo Clinic’s Web site, mayoclinic.com/health/stress-relief/SR00034

One Response

  1. You can never go wrong with a few laughs; it’s essential for a good life:)) Like they always say, “a day without laughing is a day that was totally wasted.” Hope you had a great new year’s and I look forward to reading more:))

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