I love to laugh, but who doesn’t? And why wouldn’t you love to laugh? It’s the ultimate in happiness that involves the whole body, mind, and soul. It can be contagious.
I’ve always been one that is quick to smile. This is always a good quality, but there have been times in my life that I really wished I wasn’t so easy to make smile. Like when I’m really upset about something with someone and trying to make that clear, explain that, fix it, set a boundary…who takes someone seriously when they are laughing?
For the most part, I’m grateful that I can smile so easily. It means I am able to let things go pretty quickly and move on. Well, for the most part, anyway, but if you can get me to laugh, all is forgiven, or at least not so critical. I guess you could say that getting me to laugh when I’m upset is a great, easy way to get me to find a place of rationality to work from.
There are so many benefits to laughter. Besides giving you the feeling of everything being right in the world (maybe that’s just me), it has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow, reduce stress, reduce feelings of fear and anger, boosts the immune system, increases oxygen levels in the blood that aids in organ function, and can provide an all over body workout you can’t get at a gym (unless it is one full of comedy). With all of these benefits, you would think that everyone would have a comedy channel programmed in to there iPod, mp3 player, satellite radio device, and/or television channel selections.
What if every place of employment, at every job/career level had a mandatory comedy break once a day, about mid-way through the day? The idea amuses me, but think of the benefits that would have…happier worker bees which then results in higher productivity with greater results. I have to admit that the visual that comes into my head of a high-end corporation having a comedy break, a large room or rooms filled with men and women in their nicely pressed, expensive suits, doubled over with laughter, including the tears streaming down their faces…yeah, the image is giggle producing for me.
When is the last time you had a really great belly laugh? How did it leave you feeling afterward? Some of my best memories include deep down belly laughs that can sometimes trigger laughter in me now. So, get out there and laugh! Laugh at yourself, laugh until you cry, until your face and belly hurt, and you can barely catch your breath. You’re worth it.