20 Benefits of Laughter

 Get your tummy muscles flexed and ready to chuckle and use this day as an excuse to start a new hilarious habit.

 The funny thing about laughter is that it is an entity in itself. It does not need to befriend humour in order to occur; just as humour can emerge without laughter.

Laugh for the Health of It

There are many benefits to a good hearty belly laugh and among them are:

    1. Laughter reduces stress levels by 75% or more.
    2. Laughter increases blood circulation and improves breathing.
    3. Laughter exercises facial, abdominal and chest muscles.
    4. Immune, digestive and sexual systems are switched on by laughter.
    5. Laughter increases tolerance for pain.
    6. There are no costs for laughter, but the income is priceless.
    7. Laughter improves the functionality of the brain and makes you more alert.
    8. Ten minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes of rowing or jogging.
    9. The simple thought of having a good laugh helps you relax.
    10. Laughter and humour can help you cope with difficult situations.
    11. Playful laughing fuels positive emotions and cultivates optimism.
    12. Laughter slows down the aging process.
    13. Laughter raises your overall sense of well-being and leaves you bursting with energy.
    14. Self-confidence and communication skills are given a boost by laughter.
    15. Laughter keeps you connected to others.
    16. Laughter reassures you and defuses fear.
    17. Laughing is a universal language – just like smiling.
    18. Laughter is the cure for depression.
    19. Although laughter is not a disease, it can be contagious.
    20. Laughter makes you creative, ripe with possibility and excited about new ideas.

Open a Laughing Memory Account

What made you laugh today? Be sure to deposit it in your laughing memory bank account along with all your past laughing memories. You never know when an emergency situation will occur, and you’ll need to withdraw. You can do this by creating a special Laughing Memory Account book to record your happy memories in.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Victor Borge

We don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh. – William James

Among those who I like and admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those I love, I can: they all make me laugh.
W. H. Auden

8 Quick Tips to Overcome Winter Depression

We’ve set the clocks back and unhappily welcome the early darkness. A lot of us hate this time of year. We’d rather have sunsets that start at 9 pm on the beach than darkness that starts at 4 pm. We want the heat, not the cold winter months that lay ahead. So, what can we do to stay sane during the dark depressing winter months? Here are a few suggestions:

    1. Use a phototherapy light. A friend gave me one for Christmas last year and it really does help.
    2. Paint. Take out your brushes and get creative. Keeping busy on a project will keep your mind off the dark that looms outside.
    3. Write. Journalling is one of the best therapies ever. I strongly recommend this as it helps evacuate negative thoughts.
    4. Visit friends and family. Make the extra effort to go out and see people, it will help keep your mind off bleak introspection.
    5. Take in the sunshine. No matter how cold it gets, try to squeeze in some outside light by going for a walk or doing other outdoor activities like snowshoeing, skating or skiing.
    6. Take some Vitamin D. Vitamin D will supply you with that extra boost of energy you need to produce a smile.
    7. Take online classes. Why not take that aerobics class you’ve been wanting to do for a while?
    8. Setup video meetings with family and friends. Have dinner together via video, it will break the feeling of loneliness.

Most importantly, remember that it’s only temporary. It’s so easy to forget when we are down, but things will naturally come back up. Hang in there! Time flies when you keep busy doing things you love.

I used to play the following song on a loop when I was feeling depressed. What’s your happy song?