Motivational Minute - Laughter

Do you remember the last time you laughed? I mean REALLY laughed. I’m talking about, a gut-busting, can’t-catch-your-breath belly laugh, the kind that just seems to go on and on and on.

Did you know the average five-year-old laughs over 300 times a day! Adults do good to laugh 5 times a day. Feel of failure and embarrassment make adults more guarded. This suppresses their ability to laugh.  

Laughter is really good medicine. It is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Laughter boosts the immune system. It protects your heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

You can relax your body with laughter. Studies show that a hearty laugh can relaxes your muscle, relieve stress and tension for up to 45 minutes.

Here's a quick summary of how laughter impacts you whole being:

The Benefits of Laughter

Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
Source: http://helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm
 
Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing by yourself. When people laugh together, it strengthens their relationships and brings focus. It makes their relationships more resilient.
 
Here are some practical things you can do to help you laugh more:
  • Laugh at yourself. Talk about embarrassing moments. Embrace your humanity and the fact that you don't have everything together. Be free from the pressure of feeling like you have to have it all together.
  • Find the funny side of challenging situations. There is laughter at some of life's darkest moments. When we celebrate the life of a friend or loved one who has died - ever there, we find laughter in the memories.
  • Remind yourself to laugh. Put a toy, or funny picture on your desk.
  • Keep things in a balanced perspective. There are so many things in life beyond our control that we might as well laugh at them rather than fear them.
  • Watch the kids. Jesus said, unless you become like a little child, you will not see the Kingdom of God. I believe God's Kingdom is full of laughter. Find your inner child - and you're on the way to finding God's Kingdom.
Reconnect with your inner five-year-old! Don’t take yourself so seriously. Laugh more. Have a great day!

Pastor Kay Robonsin
By
Abundant Life Church
Pastor
Silverthorne, Colorado


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