The healthiest response to life is joy.

~Deepak Chopra

 

Can we giggle our way to health? 

Laughter might just be the best medicine. It’s not just a saying—there’s genuine science behind it. When we laugh, we activate our immune system and release tension.

In fact, a hearty laugh triggers a physiological response called eustress, fostering positive emotions and well-being.

Norman Cousins’ Laughter  

Norman Cousins, a journalist diagnosed with a rare connective tissue disease in 1964, famously laughed his way back to health despite bleak odds.

Given only months to live, Cousins rejected despair and embarked on a journey to find joy in life. He turned to laughter as his medicine, understanding its ability to uplift spirits and promote well-being.

Departing from conventional treatments that depleted his body, Cousins opted for a natural approach, including massive doses of vitamin C and nightly viewings of comedy classics like the Marx Brothers. The result? He defied expectations, living another twenty-six years.

Life’s Challenges

In today’s world, where challenges abound and news cycles can be relentless, laughter remains a vital antidote to stress and despair. Amidst the post-pandemic and looming threats of conflict, maintaining healthy outlets is crucial for our mental and emotional well-being.

One memorable example of laughter’s power comes from my own family’s experience. Despite the dark days following my mother’s debilitating stroke, we found moments of joy with the help of an unexpected source: Father Rookey, a priest renowned for his healing ministry and infectious laughter.

Despite my mother’s condition, his presence brought levity and laughter into our home, reminding us of the healing power of joy even in the toughest times.

A Little Neurotransmitter Please

But laughter isn’t just a distraction—it’s deeply intertwined with our physical and emotional health. Scientifically, it triggers the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, and serotonin—commonly known as the “happy chemicals.” These neurotransmitters play crucial roles in regulating mood, reducing stress, and promoting overall well-being.

Dopamine, our brain’s reward chemical, is activated by achieving goals and practicing self-care. Endorphins, our body’s natural painkillers, surge during exercise and moments of joy, such as laughter. Oxytocin, often called the love hormone, is released through social interaction and acts as a powerful stress reducer. Serotonin, a mood stabilizer, is boosted by sunlight, mindfulness, and being in nature.

Start with a Smile

So, how can we tap into the healing power of laughter in our daily lives? It starts with something as simple as a smile. Just the act of smiling can reduce stress hormones like cortisol and release feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain. And when we laugh—truly laugh from the core of our being—we invite joy into our lives and spread positivity to those around us.

In a world that often feels heavy and overwhelming, laughter offers us a lifeline—a chance to escape the seriousness of life and find moments of pure joy.

Whether it’s sharing a joke with a friend, watching a funny movie, or attending a laughter session, let’s embrace the healing power of laughter and cultivate more joy in our lives.

After all, laughter is free, uncomplicated, and accessible to all. So, why not giggle our way to happiness.

Who do you know that’s quick to laugh? Take a moment and zero in on this person laughing and notice how you feel instantly. Do you feel a lift?

Think about a little child in your life when they get on a giggle kick. What happens to them? They often fall to their knees from laughing so hard. What a difference it could make if we did the same.

Okay, maybe we don’t want to fall to our knees, but just go for the giggle attack and watch all the chemicals ignite. Smile and they’ll ignite too.

Have you ever watched a young child having a laughing fit? He falls to the ground because he feels the laughter in the core of his being.

When was the last time you laughed? I mean, really laughed. Laughter is one of the quickest ways to dull the inner chatter and escape to another place—a quick getaway right in your mind.

Laughter is powerful and healing. Smiling is contagious. Try smiling at everyone you see today and I promise if they’re looking at you, they’ll smile back. And if you laugh, they’ll laugh too. Did you know there are laughing sessions? There are. I’ve never attended one, but just thinking about it makes me chuckle.

So, the message is simple, we can laugh our way to happy and it can start with a simple smile. It’s an uncomplicated, free, upbeat lift.

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Thank you for spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to Release Your obsession with YOUR PHONE.  God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum of this blog. If you have something you’d like to say, I’d love to hear it. YOU are important and your words need to be heard. I’m here for you.

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Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa
 
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