Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Laughter Can Be the Best Medicine

Sometimes I spend too much time worrying, crying, yelling, or sleeping to take time to laugh. Yet laughter can be the best medicine. Remember Robin Williams in the movie Patch Adams? It was about a real-life doctor who used humor to heal his patients. I think some doctors I've met along my journey could learn a thing or two from him. But that’s a topic for another time.

Research studies have shown that laughter can have a positive effect on one’s health. In a nutshell, laughter increases the bodies “feel-good” hormones much like exercise, but much easier to do!

Here’s a short list of what makes me laugh:

#1 The silly antics of my kids (some intentional, some not) Like when my son once wore two pairs of underwear to his grandma’s house for a sleepover, or when my daughter counted “one . . . two . . . ten” while playing hide and seek. Sometimes they make funny faces like all kids do, or they crack me up without even knowing what is so funny. When I hear them giggle, laugh, and sometimes even snort – it makes me feel happy, because they are happy.

My kids bust out into laughter when a person loudly blows his nose in public. I'm not sure why, but this is really, really funny to them. My husband thinks this is hysterical as well. It must be because he is a little kid trapped in an adult body.

#2 The goofiness of my husband (sometimes intentional, sometimes not) Like when he uses a poor British accent to imitate the voice of Charlie from the cartoon, “Charlie and Lola” or when he honks and waves at people that we pass by while traveling down a country road. Most people wave back, how funny is that?

Often, my husband makes me laugh in a “shake your head” sort of way – as in why did you just do, say, or think that? Much to my dismay, he also has the annoying habit of laughing at inappropriate times like when we are having an argument or when he whispers something silly to me during church. Despite all that, he does make me laugh nonetheless, which is a “good thing” as Martha Stewart would say.

All three of them can be quite the comedians - keeping me laughing even at times when I just don’t feel like it. Think about what makes you giggle, chuckle, smirk, or laugh so hard you just can’t stop. Maybe it’s a one-liner from your favorite TV sitcom or movie, or an inside joke shared with a friend. I recently re-connected with an old high school friend via Facebook. His goofy postings and emails always make my day a little bit brighter.

So thank you hubby, kids, friends, and others who make me laugh and smile because . . .

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” e.e. cummings.

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