Laughter and a sense of humor are infectious. The sound of laughter is far more contagious than a flu bug–and when laughter is shared, it bonds people and tends to increase happiness.
Laughter triggers healthy physical responses in your body. Laughter and a sense of humor strengthen your immune system, increase your energy, reduce your pain, and are an effective antidote for stress. Humor can lighten burdens, brighten spirits, inspire hopes connect you to others and help you to stay alert and focused. Well-placed and tasteful humor helps build a more constructive environment.
Applied at the right time, laughter and a good sense of humor can change the atmosphere of a tense situation to one that is more inviting and relaxed. Humor can completely change the tone of a meeting or situation so the participants can more easily put things in perspective and get on to a positive solution. One of the extraordinary things about laughter is that it can change things quickly and it can affect everyone.
With so many positive benefits, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is an extraordinary force for good in over coming challenges, strengthening relationships, and building both physical and emotional health. And humor gets you to a better place, where you can see the world from a more relaxed, healthy, positive, enjoyable, and balanced perspective.
Research at a number of prominent medical universities is discovering that, indeed, laughter seems to have lifesaving effects on the body. Laughter appears to lower blood pressure, increase blood flow, and promote oxygenation of the blood. Humor reduces stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, while increasing memory and learning. In a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased alertness and higher test scores.
Cultivate laughter and a tasteful sense of humor. Have some fun. Laugh with friends and co-workers. Tell some jokes. See if you can change stressful counter-productive situations into happier, more positive situations through appropriate humor. Be more spontaneous. Let go of defensiveness. Express your true, best, good-natured feelings. All of these behaviors can lead to greater peace.
Have Fun, Laugh and may peace be with you.
I love you all,
What do you call a wife of a Hippie?
Does anyone have a joke to tell to make us all laugh?