Laughter as medicine
One of the most important things we can do to help our immune system now and any time is to laugh.
If you are using social media, I'm sure you’ve noticed ample jokes and funny memes circulating about the new flu.
My 9 year old shared a joke another third grader made up. It wasn’t particularly funny, but I laughed because it is just so human to find or at least look for the funny even in the most serious of situations.
It’s good for us!
When you laugh your body releases endorphins that in turn sends a message of calm and safety to your entire body.
Laughter relaxes your muscles, boosts your immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells.
Laughter helps increase blood flow and relax your blood vessels reducing stress to your heart.
These past few weeks have got me thinking about how we cope, how resilient and courageous we are, what beautiful human beans we are.
I just rewatched BFG in response to my own stress levels - that with tea and the stillpoint inducer helped me sleep very well! If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it, no matter what your age.
I encourage you to look at laughter like it is medicine right now.
Seek it out.
Look to our comedians, to lighthearted silly movies, to the authors who make you smile or lift up your heart.
Robert Sapolsky, Candace Pert, and Anne Lammott are three authors that make me laugh and give good info about life and being human.
Look to your own friends and family.
Pick up the phone, clean it and then call a friend or family member to share a laugh.