Laughter

Laughter should be part of our daily lives. Not only because it makes us feel better, but also because it is good for us.

Here is a quote from Dr. Gulshan Sethi, a well-known cardiothoracic surgeon in Tucson who saved my husband’s life in 2006. I will always be grateful to him. “Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles”.

There are many ways to include more laughter into our lives, like reading amusing books, watching funny movies, or merely looking at ourselves with a sense of humor, to name a few. Not taking ourselves too seriously will help as well.

I fondly remember a time at the Optimum Health Institute, when we followed our morning exercises with a laughing session on the floor. It was contagious, and it made everyone feel great. The yogi I worked with in Europe also taught spontaneous laughter after certain yoga classes, and I enjoyed those moments of laughter and relaxation. You might feel a little self-conscious at the beginning of a laughing session, but this feeling will disappear rapidly, and when finished you will feel light and happy.

Laughing is beneficial, and it is free! You can do it whenever you feel like it, and who cares if people see you chuckling and wonder what makes you so happy. They might even smile with you. Laughter is contagious, and spreading it is worthwhile.

And, if you are still not convinced, here are six reasons provided by the Chopra Center on why you should embrace the habit of laughing:

  • It is contagious
  • Reduces the stress response
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases resilience
  • Combats depression
  • Relieves pain

Have fun and laugh often!

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

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8 Responses to “Laughter”

    • Silvia Coggin

      Thank you, Eileen. Laughing is free, and we can all do it, no matter how fit we are. Thanks for reading my blog.

      Reply
  1. Robert Oro

    Silvia,
    OK wanna laugh. Imagine Debbie and I finally get a chance after 17 years to get to try and clean up the wash area in our backyard. Full of trees, bushes, cactus etc.
    Now imagine after a day working we are in the bathroom with our high power glasses on picking out cacti from our behinds!! We were laughing out loud at each other!!
    Love you guys!
    Hi to Steve!
    Enjoy the Journey,
    Bob and Debbie

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    • Silvia Coggin

      This is so funny, and I can see the picture in my mind. You made me laugh! Thanks, dear friends.

      Reply
  2. Nancy Thorsen

    I agree. If you can’t find anything to laugh about you can always laugh at yourself. I am always doing something stupid/funny.

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Looking at oneself with a sense of humor is a healthy practice. Like you, I have many reasons to laugh about myself.

      Reply
    • Silvia Coggin

      Our little Yorkie, Romeo, makes us laugh all the time. He is a little clown. There is not a day during which we do not break out in laughter, and often many times.

      Reply

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