5 Benefits of Laughter

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

My life fell apart on Friday. I had been limping for weeks with plantar fasciitis in my left heel. Then Larry, my husband, slid on an icy patch, his feet sailed out from under him, and he smacked the ground, hard. All 290+ pounds landed on top of his left ankle. His fracture and surgery had my hobbling on overdrive – retrieving ice packs, fetching what-nots, along with limping through a litany of errands, household duties, and work.

Mom, at eighty-eight, offered to help, but, bless her heart, not being able to drive made her offer one more ‘activity’ to schedule.

I’m sure this ‘crazy-busy’ syndrome happens at your house, too.

So, maybe you’ll want to try what I did: I laughed.

Laughter is said:

  • to lower blood pressure,
  • improve sleep,
  • ease digestion,
  • be a natural energy booster. Need I go on?  Yes!
  • Laughing burns calories. 100 laughs roughly equals 15 minutes on an exercise bike. How can you not smile about that?

So, when life gets too complicated, let your belly get the giggles. Allow your laughter to bubble up and burst out!

Four to six-year-old kids laugh 300 times a day. Take a lesson from them, and laugh at every part of your life. Besides, two left-footed limp-ettes in the same house are pretty funny. What did you laugh at today?    

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