Monday, November 21, 2011

Manic Monday: Laughing the Worry Away

They say that laughter is the best medicine and maybe it really is.  Think about the people that you enjoy being around.  Do they make you laugh?  Do you make them laugh?  My best friend and I are always laughing when we're together.  I sometimes think that we wouldn't have been such great friends all these years if we didn't find each other's humor . . . well, humorous.

So, what does laughter do for us?  Well, according to research, laughter is good for the mind and the body.  A good belly laugh can relieve tension and stress, keep you emotionally "tuned" to others, and uplift the mood.  There is also evidence that it lowers blood pressure, relaxes the blood vessels making it good for the heart and the brain, enhances the immune system and releases feel-good hormones like endorphins.

In social settings, laughter brings community to the workplace.  Often times, working environments create conflict and hierarchy challenges.  By bringing humor into these situations, the environment becomes more conducive for resolution and teamwork.  If you want to relax tensions at a company meeting, try to make everyone laugh.  It often changes the dynamic of the whole meeting.

We can all laugh more, so seek out opportunities to laugh.  The internet is a wonderful place to find humor that matches yours.  Animals and children never fail to make us laugh.  They can both teach us a lot about spontaneity and being in the moment.  Also, notice how you feel when you hear an infectious laugh.  We all know at least one person whose laugh is contagious.  It's healthy to seek out people who like to laugh and have a playful spirit.

Maybe most important is the ability to laugh at ourselves.  Don't take yourself too seriously.  Lighten up and enjoy life.  Your mind and body will thank you.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman 

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