When was the last time you REALLY laughed?

April 21st, 2008

“The average adult laughs 15 times a day”. I wonder if that is true. I love to laugh. I don’t think I do it enough. Does any adult laugh enough? It was so easy to laugh as a kid. I constantly had “giggle fits” when I was a girl. Something would just set me off and I would roll on the floor giggling. Why don’t I do that anymore?

Plankton rocksMy son was taking a break yesterday and was allowed to watch an episode of Sponge Bob. What a silly show that is. However, I happened to pass by with a basket full of laundry and paused to watch a minute. In that few minutes, I giggled several times. It felt great just to laugh at something stupid. Man, I love that plankton.

I find that when I am feeling blue, the best medicine is a laugh or dozen. Here is something to think about:

  1. Dr. Lee Berk of Loma Linda University, states that Cortisol, an immune suppressor, is less prevalent in the blood when we laugh. In addition, hearty laughter also produces other chemicals which help boast the immune system.
  2. Laughter oxygenates the blood (so we think better after a laugh), relaxes our muscles (maybe that’s why we leak when we laugh) and raises, then lowers, our heart rate and blood pressure (similar to aerobic exercise).

Who cares if a yellow sponge and a dopey starfish make me laugh? Giggling is good for me.

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