Laughter really is the best medicine. A good belly laugh can burn the same number of calories as a person would using an exercise bike for 15 minutes, and it sure is much easier! Who in their right mind would want to sweat? Norman Cousins was diagnosed with a serious illness. During his treatment he watched a bunch of comedies. He attributes his miraculous recovery to the laughter brought on by the movies. I haven’t read the research on it, but laughter can make dealing with unpleasant things better.
You can lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, improve your brain function, and help the healing process by indulging in lots of laughter. Laughter really is part of a healthy lifestyle. Lighten up!
Try some of these ideas to tickle your funny bone:
- Turn off the murder and mayhem movies and pop in a funny movie or turn on your favorite sitcom. I had never watched “The Big Bang Theory” until my daughter introduced me to the first season on DVD. That show is hysterical! I just finished season 2, and I can’t wait to start season 3. “The Rush Hour” movies crack me up no matter how many times I have watched them.
- Getting cranky doing the grocery shopping? Do what I do and go to the greeting card aisle and read a few of the humorous cards. I can’t tell you how much I laugh at those. I am sure people have wanted to send me the funny farm because I am by myself laughing my head off.
- Think about a funny conversation you have had with a relative or friend. If you laughed the 1st time, chances are you will crack up all over again.
- Laughter is contagious so sit with funny coworkers or call someone who you know will get you laughing. My sister is the funniest person I know, aside from my father . (He is in heaven now. His motto was: always leave ’em laughing. Sometimes his jokes were so awful I would have to laugh anyway.) My sister can make a mishap seem hysterical.
Remember that a good mood is contagious, as is a bad one. A good mood is a lot more fun. In a recent study researchers analyzed the effects of casual interactions on over 4000 folks. And guess what they discovered? I don’t think it was rocket science, but they reported that happiness spreads! Well ba-low me down! At least that is what Popeye would have exclaimed. While it is not realistic to expect to be happy all the time, your happiness is more under your control than you may have realized.
So to get your laughs started, here is one of my favorite jokes:
Why did the orange stop in the middle of the road?
The answer can be found at the end of MAMA VICKY SAYS.