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Go Ahead! Laugh A Little!

At a recent comedy show the headliner ended his act by sharing with the audience the fact that he is currently battling cancer. Happily, he is doing well and he is winning the battle. He then shared with us some jokes that we could take home to share with other people.

There is a lot of scientific evidence to support that laughing is good for you. If you do a web search for “Laughing Therapy,” you will find millions of web sites touting the benefits of laughter. It releases stress reducing hormones in the body, lowers blood pressure, and improves immune function, to name a few.

However, we don’t need to go into all the science of laughter to understand its benefits. Think back on your own experiences. Have you ever laughed so hard you broke out into a sweat and your stomach hurt when you were done? Not even a sore stomach can interfere with the euphoric feeling of a big belly laugh. Have you ever been in a bad mood and had someone come along and do something to make you laugh or at least smile? You might go right back to being grumpy again, but at least for a moment you feel better. Moms are great for doing this with their children.

Another great thing about laughter is that it’s contagious. Have you ever been around someone who was laughing hysterically and not know why, but you end up laughing along with them anyway? Even if you’re not laughing, you still get many of the benefits by observing other people laugh. I love having children in my office. They have the best, most pure laughs. You can’t help but feel good when you hear them.

We all have a lot of serious stuff going on in our lives—bills to pay, schedules to maintain, chores that need to be done, and on and on, not to mention the tragedy displayed on the evening news every night. With everything going on, it’s easy to find a reason not to laugh.

Here’s the point. That stuff is not going to go away, so we have to find positive ways to deal with the stress in our lives, and one of the best things we can do is laugh. So go to a comedy club, see a funny movie, and hang out with that friend who always makes you laugh, or just play with some kids. It’s true, laughter is the best medicine.

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