My apologies for this posting twice. I meant for it to post Friday, but the best laid plans…
Anyway…here it is:
We need to laugh. Life in recovery gets too serious. I often forget this and end up frustrated. My therapist will try to joke with me and I have a hard time laughing. It has to be something really funny to get me to laugh. I wonder why? They say laughter is the best medicine.
Beth Dreher wrote a Reader’s Digest article called 9 Weird Facts You Never Knew About Laughter. Among them are:
“Some scientists believe that laughter was used as a way for humans to relate to one another millions of years before they developed the lung strength for language. The mechanism of laughter is so ingrained in our brains that babies as young as 17 days old have been observed doing it. In fact, children born blind and deaf still have the ability to laugh. (This is the psychological reason you laugh at the worst times.)”
“Study after study has pointed to the health benefits of laughter: Research from Loma Linda University showed that laughing improved the memory of adults in their 60s and 70s; University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers found that hilarious movies improved the function of blood vessels and increased blood flow in a group of 20 thirty-somethings. And other research has shown that laughing can improve immunity, help regulate blood sugar levels, and improve sleep.”
If you want a good laugh I have included a link to one of Christian comedian Chonda Pierce’s videos. It made me laugh, which is hard to do. You may like it…either way…maybe find a way to laugh today. It helped me feel better.
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