When was the last time you had a good laugh?

by michellerogers on August 28, 2015

Have any of you ever seen the Disney movie, Monsters Inc.?  If you haven’t, here is a very quick summary in a nutshell:  These monsters live in a city where their electricity is powered by screams.  There is a “Scream Factory” in town and in this factory there are doors that the monsters can go through and all of a sudden they are in a child’s room; their goal is to scare them enough so they scream and the energy from the screams are captured in an air tight jars to be used to power the city.  By the end of the movie, a little girl teaches them that the power of laughter is much stronger.  When this little girl busted out in a laughing fit, the entire city short circuited because of the surge of energy that shot through.  Needless to say, the Scream Factory turned into the Laugh Factory.

Caregiving can be trying on your mental and physical health, as well as your social life. Health professionals may even recommend some sort of medication to remedy the situation, but why spend money on pills when laughter is the best medicine!?  The best thing about using laughter for medication- IT’S FREE!  Plus, it’s lots of fun!

Laughter and having a sense of humor is a powerful cure to stress, pain and conflict.  Having a good laugh really brings your mind and body back into balance and keeps you grounded and there is no denying that it makes you feel good!  Life is too short to be so serious all the time; humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better. Here are some ways that having a sense of humor and letting yourself laugh freely can benefit you (found on helpguide.org)

Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

 

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

 

Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

 

 

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