Laughter Really Is The ‘Best Medicine’

This is no laughing matter: A small study has found that laughter can increase your tolerance of pain. It seems that cracking up in the company of other people releases endorphins and that is the same feel-good brain chemicals triggered while exercising.  Laughter is helpful when you’re hurting because it’s hard work for the body. A hearty, sustained laugh is a good workout for muscles in the chest and lungs, and this can trigger the release of endorphins to mask the pain. This is my sister Jill whose laugh is SO contagious, she just spreads the sunshine wherever she goes…

Maybe this is like if your knee is killing you, and you accidentally cut your finger. All of a sudden, the pain is your finger makes your knee pain disappear! Not really, but it sure feels like it at the time doesn’t it?

The older I get, the more I realize that life is what you make it. I now make a more conscious effort to surround myself with POSITIVE and HAPPY people, and have had to distance myself from those who are not on the same page as I am. It really is true, that unhappy and grumpy people can rub off on you. The more time you spend with these always unhappy people, the more you start feeling the same way. And vice versa. If you surround yourself with happy & positive people you feel far more optimistic and happy yourself.

Some people just spread sunshine and happiness wherever they go. My sister Jill is one of those people. She is always the one with the best joke, and she can make anyone laugh, even on your worst day!  She is the one I always want to talk to when I am having a bad day…she just cracks me up!

Who you spend time with when you need a good laugh?

Information courtesy of “Positive Prep” Sharp Media LLC

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