At times, when there is a lot of tension in the air, whether it be from work, family or events going on in the world, laughter can be the answer to feeling better.
Growing up I always heard the following phrase: Laughter is the best medicine. And I can say from personal experience that this saying is certainly true. When I’m having a tough or busy day that has me in overwhelm mode, I love watching funny videos online or pulling up one of my happy movies filled with some laughs or even watch a comedy special. Then again, I have my own personal comedian – my husband Jeff! He finds the funniest things on the internet to share with me all day long and I look forward to his special text messages.
On a scientific note, taking time for laughter each day is good for you mentally and physically. It can lower your cortisol levels, which, in turn, can reduce your heart rate, blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Also, a good belly laugh can release endorphins that act as natural painkillers and mood boosters.
So, find what makes you smile and laugh. Find a comedian to follow on social media. My favorites are Bill Engvall and Jeff Dunham. Go to YouTube where there are SO MANY comedy videos to choose from. Lately I’ve been watching Dry Bar Comedy – it’s hilarious! If you have any toddlers or small children in your house or life you will definitely be able to fit in a smile or two. Watching my almost 18-month grandson and his antics makes me laugh almost constantly when we are spending time together. There are also some good books out there filled with comedy that will make you laugh out loud.
Here’s to soaking in some laughter and smiles!