Last weekend I spent a good deal of it laughing, cavorting, and having fun once the stress of organizing a surprise birthday weekend was out of the way. It was a successful weekend of good shock, happiness, teasing, and energetic sisters, who flew in to celebrate my partner’s birthday. We all drove around in my teeny car, killing ourselves laughing, each time we piled in, at the absurdity of it all. It was very, very good for all of us.
And, most of us, behind the scenes, have some difficult issues we are dealing with, so it was a good thing for us to take a time out, laugh, and recharge.
When I was a child I used to judge the success of my day by how much I had laughed. Sadly, as adults we tend to lose that spirit because life becomes so serious.
How often and where do you laugh? What makes you laugh? What brings that spontaneous joy to you?
I found the following article that lists many, many reasons why laughing is such good medicine for our soul, our physical and mental health, and our heart. (the article also has a lot of great related links)
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
Read the rest of the article by HelpGuide.Org