Laughing is the one thing that just makes me feel better instantly, and it reduces my pain levels significantly. Indeed when I went through a particularly painful period in my life, it was a few of my Facebook friends that got me laughing again and really lifted my spirits. There’s a really good scientific reason for this: laughter releases endorphins, the body’s own natural painkillers, and 15 minutes gets a good dose of them running through your body.
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
― Audrey Hepburn
With the internet, and specifically Youtube, there is no shortage of laughter material available. People purposefully go out into the streets with the sole intention of putting a smile on other people’s faces, and as smiling and laughter is so infectious, it’s no wonder these videos are going viral.
Watch this selection if you want your day to become instantly brighter 🙂
… and if this doesn’t get you laughing, what are you in a coma or something?
And there’s a new form of exercise sweeping across the world – Laughter Yoga!
A friend of mine runs Laughter Yoga sessions and organised one in one of our town parks last summer. Of course I had to be there. About six of us were there, it’s new to our town so we didn’t know how many would turn up. There were quite a lot of people around and my friend had big signs up saying it was free to join in the Laughter Yoga session so I, in all my enthusiasm, said, “If we just start, people will join in when we do”. So we started. Well, I’ve never seen a park clear so quickly! Haha. Some people are just not ready for spontaneous bursts of laughter (although we spotted several people peeping round from behind some trees). Yes, I have also discovered there are many people who will avoid public laughter like the plague. I’m not going to let that stop me. It made us laugh all the more. I want those good-feeling endorphins! 😀