I try to have a good old laugh as often as I can. What about you?
Ok – Sometimes we just don’t feel like it – but that’s when we need it the most.
Anyway Today is :
National Belly Laugh Day.
So there’s no excuse.
Question is :
What makes you laugh?
I don’t mean that wry smile or a bit of a chuckle. I mean a side splitting, gut wrenching, tears rolling down your face – belly laugh?
What immediately springs to mind for me, is the company of my darling daughter Alice. I can totally relax in her company and be myself. We also have the same warped sense of humour and I think that really helps.
The photo in this post was snapped at a terribly sad time in both our lives. My Darling Dad had died very recently and this photo was taken the night before his funeral.
We were reminiscing – remembering Dad at his finest. I can’t remember quite what triggered us – but something did; but we were able to remember him with humour and love in our hearts.
It’s funny – because my son Jack has such a dry wit – just like my Dad did … the similarities in their sense of humour are uncanny (and terribly reassuring too.)
So even when you are going through some trying times – especially then – you need to find some respite from the struggling… something to make you laugh and ultimately feel better about life.
They do say …
“Laughter is the best medicine.”
Why? Well, here’s the sciencey bit.
You see, Laughter :
✔️ gets the blood pumping
✔️ it releases feel-good hormones
✔️ increases the oxygen levels in the blood.
Laughter improves your emotional, physical and mental health.
That’s a bold claim Cai!
Well just think about it … having a laugh :
✔️ makes you feel less alone – part of something good
✔️ boosts your mood
✔️ relieves pain & tension (that’s the endorphins at work)
✔️ reduces the feelings of stress
✔️ boosts your immune system
✔️ it replaces the negative emotions with something more positive
✔️ and above all – it reduces Anxiety (because laughter is best shared and being with people who make you feel good, lowers the “fight or flight” stress responses)
Not only that … but it pulls people together… it’s contagious. (Continued in comments)