I don’t know about y’all, but I’ll take any opportunity I can to laugh. Life is brutal sometimes. The calendar is bursting at the seams. The phone is ringing like crazy. To-do lists, business meetings, grocery shopping—oh my!
Just try sincerely laughing for a few minutes and then resume a bad attitude. A good chuckle…who am I kidding…an all out ROFL will change the course of my whole day. I talked about choosing joy recently. Laughter is a wonderful catalyst for making that choice to rejoice. Laughter is the best medicine.
7. Laughter is the best medicine.
What was the first result that popped up from my Google search for “laughter is the best medicine?”
“Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.” (HelpGuide.org)
There were several benefits listed on the HelpGuide website, including improved physical and mental health, and positive social effects. There’s even a creative “how to” list to inspire laughing moments.
I’m sure you were expecting this, but my go-to for an honest-to-goodness laugh fest is this video right here. (You MUST watch this in its entirety. I don’t care if you’ve seen it once or a dozen times already.)
I truly thank the Lord for Candace Payne. #ChewbaccaMom #SimpleJoys #WorthEveryPENNY #StayPatientPeople #Internetwebs
I may have gone overboard with the hashtags, but I am not ashamed one bit about my love for laughter. Funny friends, hilarious stories, my own klutz moments, ridiculous autocorrects, YouTube clips. The world is my laughing oyster. I have no excuse to not find some reason to laugh, choose joy, and give thanks.
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)
And how could I end this post without a nod to a classic?