As it Turns Out, Laughter is Indeed the Best Medicine!
Laugh and the Whole World Laughs with You!
My family says I will laugh at anything. And they’re right…I have no problem being my own entertainment. Well, as it turns out, I may be on to something.
Studies show that humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. According to Dr. Paul E. McGhee, creator of The Laughter Remedy, “your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
It’s been said that we use far more muscles to frown than we do to smile. But if that’s the case, why aren’t we all walking around with a smile on our face? Mainly because we’re too consumed with the stresses of daily life to lighten up!
According to HelpGuide.org there are many benefits to laughter:
|Physical Health Benefits:||Mental Health Benefits:||Social Benefits:|
|Boosts immunity||Adds joy and zest to life||Strengthens relationships|
|Lowers stress hormones||Eases anxiety and fear||Attracts others to us|
|Decreases pain||Relieves stress||Enhances teamwork|
|Relaxes your muscles||Improves mood||Helps defuse conflict|
|Prevents heart disease||Enhances resilience||Promotes group bonding|
With all the daily burdens we take on, it’s high time we learn to take ourselves less seriously!
One way I keep things in perspective is by skipping! Yes, skipping. I know…it sounds silly, but I bet you can’t do it without cracking a smile! After all, we were all kids once, but as adults we’ve been taught that we have to grow up and take life more seriously. Well I say hogwash…and I hope you do too!
So, what are you waiting for…get your laugh on!
For more information on what makes laughter a natural healer, visit HelpGuide.org.
Contributed by: Harmony Blackwell, GMM Customer Service Representative
Known as a real people person, Harmony’s daily goal is to uphold the GMM standards by providing friendly, helpful service to all of our customers. Whether processing orders, updating accounts, entering customer feedback, preparing the weekly menus and nutrition information, her personal mission is to provide every GMM customer with a positive, uplifting experience! Harmony is also the official GMM hula hoop champion!