I haven’t had a lot to laugh about this week. My deadline is looming and I’m working from 5am to 10 pm with a couple of breaks to walk the dogs and eat. I wasn’t going to post a smile at all this week however, I came across a video that when I saw it on the program some time ago I laughed and laughed. It had the same effect today and I had to share it, for laughter is so good for you and already, having watched it three times already and laughed each time, I know I’m going to meet my deadline. I’m ready to work another day.
I once attended a laughter yoga session where we had to force laughter as it has the same beneficial effects as laughing spontaneously and those benefits stay with you long after the laughing has subsided. Sharing laughter has the effect of creating a bond between people, breaking down divisions and increasing happiness. It also has a physical impact on your body as it boosts the immune system, lowers the hormones which cause stress, decreases pain and has beneficial effects on muscles, including the heart. There are mental benefits as it makes you happy, decreases stress, anxiety and fear and makes you more resilient to what life may throw at you. Then there are the social benefits as laughter acts as an attractant, defuses conflict, enhances team work and bonds a group together and strengthens relationships.
If you don’t get what he is laughing at, don’t worry, just look at him and truly, laughter is contagious.