Hello to all, and I hope that your day has been treating you as if you are the most important person to grace the planet. I love those days when everything you do is perfect, the people you encounter are wonderful, your tasks are easy and you get them all done before time expires. In short, it all revolves around you…
I have been reviewing my paperwork and looking at the concepts I wish to follow up on. It is actually more difficult than you would imagine. Over the years I have done much planning for the retirement but now I need to drag it out to assist in the recovery and I am hoping that it will get me back to were I was before the stroke. The biggest thing I noticed whilst doing this was that when I have been at my best all my images have been with me laughing. So like any geek, I researched it straight up.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain, so it is really helpful for the body (taken from my encyclopedia).
What I find the most interesting is the varied interest people have when it comes to what they laugh at. Good old fashion slapstick, playing on words, just a joke, in short, the experts have identified 10 distinctive forms of laughter. What I found the most interesting was that the studies have shown that the belly laugh is considered the most honest type of laughter. It is also the hardest type to experience because we have to find something truly hilarious before we’ll let go with the kind of laughter that has us clutching our bellies and gasping for air. I do not know about you but I have certainly experienced them on more than one occasion, but not in a long while!
Of course, that’s not the only description for true belly laughter; as you might guess, we all laugh differently. In a study conducted by Vanderbilt University, researchers found that men are more likely to grunt or snort at something they find funny, while women let loose with giggles and chuckles, and I find this interesting as I have often heard my mother giggle and have thought that she was just putting it on so she did not offend whoever was telling the joke.
I used this in a paper from university that I did for interaction with students that had difficulties settling into a classroom environment.
“It’s good to take note of what tickles your funny bone, however, because it just might save your life. In the 1979 book, “Anatomy of an Illness,” Norman Cousins writes of how he used laughter to fight an illness that doctors told him was near incurable. Cousins wrote, “Ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anaesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep”
I often think that in modern society we have forgotten just how important it is to laugh, I mean really laugh. When I was working as a teacher up in the Cape, I was laughing all the time and my health and think was in golden shape. I can count on one hand the number of times I have REALLY laugh since I return to my southern home. So I am thinking that the real question should be “what did you really laugh at today?”
Thank you for joining me today and I hope that the rest of your day is wonderful….do not forget to get a laugh into it all somewhere.