This morning I was at the gym. My Golds has a Cardio Cinema, which means it’s a dark room with a huge movie screen that you watch while on cardio machines. I enjoy it because it’s easier for me to tune out one movie in a dark room so I can focus on my day, rather than the myriad of distractions, sights, sounds and smells in the open gym.
This morning’s feature “Due Date”. I was less than thrilled. But as I ran and watched the movie, I was moved to laugh out loud, several times. It made me feel good when the people around me laughed as well. We went from strangers in a dark room, to comrades with a similar sense of humor, having a great time.
So what are the “official” benefits of laughter? I did a little research and came up with the following:
- Boost Immune System
- Reduce Stress
- Improve alertness and Creativity
- Reduce stress hormone Cortisol
- Increase Endorphins (feel good hormones)
- Reduce Depression
- Increase oxygen level in the blood (giving more energy)
- Research shows Laughter can actually alter our perspective make things that once seemed impossible, become possible.
- Let’s face it, it feels SOO good.
So, do you agree? Do you like to laugh? Are you up to a challenge? I dare you.
Watch this video (the whole thing, right now, it’s ONLY 6 minutes, I’m sure you have the time. If not, please see advantages 1-9 above to make time).
Share this post with a friend that could use a laugh. (if you’re resistant, look at 1-9 above and contemplate keeping these marvelous benefits to yourself. Then share generously.)
And the most important. Try It. Go into a crowded space and start giggling to yourself. Don’t stop. Be Persistent. Have a great time. See if you can spread the joy. Imagine if we all experienced the Benefits of Laughter, at least once per day?
I love the thought.
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