I’ve always known laughter can change the atmosphere of a room. It can bring groups together who don’t know each other. It can relieve stress, gloomy feelings, and tenseness. One of the most endearing things you can hear is an infant laughing with abandon. There’s no way you can keep yourself from laughing along with the baby. It’s infectious. But it seems as we get a little older, we are told by our parents and teachers that laughter needs to be toned down, it’s disruptive, and to not draw attention to ourselves. Why? I can understand that laughter can be out of place at times, and can offend if directed as some kind of effort to make a situation seem less serious than it should be. However, I have been to several funerals of very close friends and family, and laughter among those grieving when talking about the deceased and recalling a favorite memory, is a healing release of sorrow…..maybe not during the service, but certainly when everyone is gathered together around a potluck. I’ve also always heard that laughing in church is a no-no. Sure, you don’t want to hee-haw or disrupt the service for everyone present, but there are times that some laughter can bring the congregation together.Laugh often, and try to find the brighter side to everything in your life. As we get older this is even more important. You will find if you have a smile on your face, and a quick easy laugh, your day will go by so much better. We hope you get a little laugh out of our book, “Rainbow’s End”.
The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter
“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. 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.”
Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
“Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.”
Read more at Healthguide.org