To LAUGH is not LAUGHING matter. LAUGHTER has become a recognized tool in wellness, yoga, and healing. The act of LAUGHING is good medicine, known to release endorphins in the brain, increase blood supply and oxygen levels, and lift a person’s suppressed mood.
- LAUGHTER causes the lungs to contract and expand and the throat to let go of uptight, rigid quietness.
- LAUGHING makes the facial muscles relax and spread open, brightening the face.
- To LAUGH is to express joy, connection, and delight in something that brings a sense of well-being to you.
- LAUGHTER strengthens your immune system and reduces physical pain while increasing energy to help you move positively into your day.
Norman Cousins, states in his book Anatomy of an Illness that LAUGHING for ten minutes can reduce pain for two and a half hours. I have a link that I am sharing with a challenge for you to click and LAUGH in the privacy of your own home or office. Let your endorphins free to assist you in moving negative and depressed energy out of your body and into a make believe dumpster. Don’t stay heavy one more minute. Click and LAUGH away:
LAUGHTER may feel forced when doing LAUGHTER yoga, but so what? So what if you are counting your “ho-ho-ho’s” and exaggerating the noise from your throat to reach for the stars? Who is watching? Part of getting well and taking charge of creating a happy a life for yourself is learning to do new things, take adventurous risks, and break out of old habits. I challenge you to LAUGH today.
Everyone has a different sense of humor and it is important that you discover what makes you belly laugh. I know cancer is serious, but you cannot afford to let it dowse your mood all day long. Your homework is to look for Ted Talks, YouTube Videos, sitcoms, comedy shows, funny home videos, animal shows, funny movies, and late night TV shows and earmark the ones that make you belly laugh. Whether you are having a bad day or not, take a ten minute LAUGHTER break and laugh out loud. If watching I Love Lucy makes you laugh, then watch a marathon of I Love Lucy on a really bad day.
LAUGHTER is not a waste of time. LAUGHTER is the best medicine and you get to choose what kind of LAUGHTER is your medicine. I invite you to wake up each morning and ask yourself, “What am I going to LAUGH at today?”
Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.