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Laugh Your Troubles Away

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."  Proverbs 17:22

"A merry heart maketh a cheerefull countenance: but by sorrow of the heart, the spirit is broken."  Proverbs 15:13

I saw a news spot which stated that a study had been done that babies laugh 300 times a day.  Adults 15 times a day people over 50 less than 4 times a day.  The older you get the grumpier you become.  Babies laugh unconditionally, adults have to have a reason to laugh.

This inspired me to do research on the importance laughter and include the value of laughter in my life as I discuss laughter on this page.

Laughter was always abound in my home growing up.  When I was a young, in my late teens I use to stay up late nights with my mom sewing.  We would laugh about almost nothing having a good time.  My Dad had a hardy infectious belly laugh.  I Loved to se my dad laugh tears would come to his eyes whe laughed.  My mom's laugh was just as catching even when she was laughing at you.  You had to sit there and wait till she got finshed laughing to see what she was laughing about.   Back then my father subscribed to a magazine The Readers Digest, it it was an article titled Laughter the best Medicine which I always read and laughed at the jokes. When I became an adult and moved out on my own, after work and dinner I would settle down in the evening and watch a comedy show on TV to laugh to get rid of the stress.  When you cannot laugh at the things you once laughed at there is a possibility that you are over worked, stressed, burned out from your job, and or depressed.  Now if you have experienced a loss of a loved one, a job a recent tragedy in your life that is different but if none of that has happened then you may want to take a look at what is going on in your life and see if things are overwhelming you.  Now I can say this is true because I expirenced this.  I was burned out from my job.  My chidren were all grown and moved out.  I was still not quite old enough to retire from my job.  I did my usual routine came home from work had dinner with my husband.  Watched my comedy show on TV.  Watched the whole show.  The show was funny, I found myself not even cracking a smile much less laughing about it.  This was every day I had come to a point I simply did not laugh anymore.  Since then I have been able to retire.  I have my laughter back now!  See my retirement page. http://www.allsharonsfavorites.com/retirementstressover.htm  Live is good!   Once I retired, one of my already retired co workers told me to laugh and laugh a lot.  Excellent advise!   

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you!

The Healing Virtues of Laughter

I noticed that I always felt better when I had a good belly laugh after a hard days work. I knew from college studies that when you laugh your body gives off endorphins. With additional research on the internet I see that laughter does indeed relieve stress lowers cholesterol and your blood pressure similar to moderate exercise.1  Because I have a heart that beats hard for no apparent reason at times. When I watch a violet movie can feel my heart pounding in my chest. When my sons were growing up would not allow them to watch a violent or scary movie prior to going to bed because I know it would disturb their sleep. I told then justifiably so it would no doubt give them nightmares.  Laughter eases your mood it lowers your blood pressure it gives of endorphins the sense of well being chemicals

1. Repetitive laughter could have the same effects on the body as exercise, according to a study from Loma Linda University's Schools of Allied Health (SAHP) and Medicine.

Laughter is contageous.  Have you ever seen someone with an infectous laugh and you cannot help but to laugh?  You don't even know what they are laughing about but you first start to smile then you feel yourself start chuckling?  Your whole mood changes.  If you know the person.  You walk over to them and say:  "You want to let me in on the joke too?"  Or if you are with someone you might say: "Hey Let us in on the secret so we can laugh too."   The whole atmosphere of a room changes when laughter fills the air.  Even as I am typing these words a smile is creasing my face.

God created the laugh so why don't we use laughter whenever we can?

Now there has been numerous studies done on laughter and the healing effects on your body.  People who laugh more lowers their risk of having a heart attach.  Laughter can help your

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.  The link to thier site is: http://www.umm.edu/features/laughter.htm 

It's a short article but if a universities spent time and money on studying laughter it must be pretty important. So Laugh everyone!

A lot of ailments are related to stress such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, depression, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, peptic ulcers some of which I have experienced. There are more.   A lot of these ailments can be eased by laughter. 

Have you noticed when some people laugh their faces turns red don't worry it is bringing blood to their face.  Laughing makes you look younger it's a good face exercise. 

Endorphins produced by laughter is a pain killer is helps to minimize a migraine, it will reduce the intensity of pain in other areas of your body.  It improves the oxygen level in your blood. 

Live Love Laugh

Laughter makes you smarter? Laughter also releases dopamine in your brain and helps you to learn better. Picture this you are in a class room it's a formal setting new class. First day. You do not know anyone in the classroom. It's a difficult subject calculus, the instructor walks into the room. an imposing figure. He is well known with a PHD listed after his name. He is reputed to be a task master. He opens his class telling a story about his first day in class, similar to what everyone in class is experiencing. It turns out to be funny everyone laughs and loosens up. He is human after all. It does not matter how many degrees he has credited to his name.

Laughter is an icebreaker in a uncomfortable, stressful situation.

We laugh because we are happy.

When we are happy we laugh.

Laughter will make you healthier.

Laughter raises good cholesterol.

Laugher lowers inflammation.

Laugh and live longer.

Types of Laughter

Did you know that there are different types of laughter?  You know that babies learn to laugh before they learn to speak.  Did you know that laughter is a form of communication?  Some of us call it a nervous laugh really it is a introductory step in a social situation.  The icebreaker.  Two people are being introduced they shake hands smile and laugh.  That's cool. 

Two types of laugh?  Yeah The giggle or a snicker and the guffaw.  Or I like to call it the belly laugh or the heartfelt laugh.  In research studies it has been observed that people are more likely to laugh out loud in the presence of others then when they are alone.  According to studies they call that laughter a social phenomenon. There is laugher of joy. What do you see when a solider comes home on leave. The family meets him at the airport there is laughter of love.

Sometimes people laugh when it is a moment of joy.  Like when a child opening up a Birthday or Christmas present.  When I go to bridal showers and the young bride to be open up gifts there is much laughter from the bride and the guest there.

Some people will use a snicker or preferably a giggle as a tool in a conversation, it is not a spontaneous laugh, in part of a conversation. Like an introduction to bring you to the next point to what they are about to say to you.  Not maliciously but it used as a soft friendly way to segue you to the next point the speaker is about to make.