“When you awaken love and laughter in your life, your mind lets go of fear and anxiety, and your happy spirit becomes the healing balm that transforms every aspect of your human experience.” Jesse Dylan
Do you laugh often? How does it make you feel? Do you like making others laugh? Does it make a significant difference in your life?
(Thanks to Eleanore for “healing” and Sherry for “humor.” I wouldn’t have thought to put these two together without your suggestions. Next week I need a word starting with “I” so leave your ideas in Comments.)
We often think of humor as a “light” element in life. It’s fun to laugh but it’s nothing to take seriously. We watch a comic movie or a comedian and laugh, lifting our energy up and into a positive place. It feels good, so we do it without ever paying attention to what is going on deep within us. We just like the good feeling it gives us.
Laughter Can Stop Arguments
Have you ever had an intense argument with someone you love and watched it escalate into a degree of anger and unkind words that could rip the relationship apart? Then suddenly the other person takes a breath and says something very funny and you both start laughing. The anger spills away and your love comes rushing back. Laughter can change a relationship and turn it into what really matters.
Laughter Changes The Body’s Chemistry
When we are stressed, and anger is certainly stressful, laughter reduces the level of stress hormones and causes the body to release endorphins which make us feel good. It’s also a healthy cardiovascular exercise because it makes the heart beat stronger. Blood flows better, and delivers oxygen to the cells.
Laughter Can Relieve Depression and Stress
All of these physical responses rejuvenate us. If we are feeling depressed, it’s a good time to read a funny book or watch a comedy show on TV. Humor lures us to push aside the fear that is causing the depression, giving our mind and body an opportunity to release the constriction and begin healing.
The other day it seemed that everything I did on the computer was a mess. I tried to find the results of a recent medical test. It wasn’t there. The lab had no record of it. Another website failed to come up, and I couldn’t find the place on a particular site to respond and correct a problem that had arisen with another doctor.
Finally, I had had enough! I took deep breaths to calm down, but still felt tense, so I just sat and looked out the window at the trees. Two squirrels were chasing each other all over the yard and up and down the trees, flying from limb to limb. I couldn’t help laughing at them. It was a comedy show.
When the squirrels disappeared, I checked out how I felt. Much better and I laughed at myself. Why do I let technical things stress me so much? It isn’t good for my mind or body. The problem is that I feel inadequate in a world where nearly every aspect of life has a technical element. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have a husband who is technically savvy to help me and who has a good sense of humor.
Humor Is Healing
The humor we often share, especially corny jokes, is very healing. We both love words so our humor often comes from playing off the word or phrase the other has spoken. I love making him laugh and I think he enjoys my laughing at his jokes.
Perhaps instead of feeling bad about inabilities, we need to laugh at them first, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and seriously get those endorphins flowing quickly. Any time we can lighten fear and anxiety, it is beneficial. It doesn’t mean we need to ignore things that are complicated and require patience. It simply means humor can transform what we feel at the moment, and allow us to let go of the fear and anxiety that get in the way of what’s staring us in the face at the moment.
© 2020 Georganne Spruce
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