Laughter is amazing. That full belly, tears-running-down-my-cheeks type of laughter makes my heart sing. More than anything I get such joy when it involves a group of people sharing funny stories. Laughter is contagious. I feel like it’s not in my life like it used to be. Even the comedies I watch don’t seem to be the same. The other day a clip from The Carol Burnett Show came up in my Facebook feed. It was one where Tim Conway’s antics had the rest of the cast attempting not to crack up during the sketch. I’m tempted to say “those were the days”, but there is still humour around us. We may need to search a little harder.
Laughter is good medicine. It shares many of the same benefits of exercise. When we laugh:
- Muscles get a workout
- Blood pressure drops.
- Oxygen intake increases.
- Physical pain is suppressed.
- Strengthens our immune system.
- Psychological wellness improves.
Laughing will not replace a long walk or an exercise class but it does contribute to our overall happiness. I find it very easy to get caught in the seriousness of life. Even my Netflix choices tend to be doom and gloom. Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? I would like to start a campaign to see The Carol Burnett Show and I Love Lucy come to Netflix. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?
Until that happens, I will look for more opportunities to laugh. Laughter and play are connected. Creating opportunities to play more is good for us adults. It lets us step out of our grown-up responsibilities. There’s silliness in running through the fallen leaves or snow ball fights. There can be fun in learning a new skill. We just have to check our egos at the door.
Try something new that has the potential to make you laugh. Get out the colouring book or play with the dog. It can be that simple. The best part is there are no side effects to this type of medicine.
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