Last Updated on: April 7, 2009 by
Yesterday I talked about how smiling can shift your vibration. Today, I thought I’d talk about laughter. Statistics show that the average kindergarten student laughs 300 times a day, yet the average adult only laughs 17 times a day. The benefits of laughter have been proven in multiple research studies conducted at major universities. Laughter reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, provides pain relief (the endorphins released while laughing are more potent than equivalent amounts of morphine!), and helps integrate both hemispheres of the brain. It’s even equivalent to a small amount of exercise as laughing massages all the organs of the body.
A sense of humor provides the balance we all need to navigate the inevitable turbulence of life. Everyone loves a person who can make them laugh. Why not try a dose of laugh therapy today? Exchange jokes with friends or co-workers, watch a funny movie, send someone a funny greeting card.
To get you started, I’ll share this recent entry from a friend’s blog with you. She lives with seven cats, and Morning Mayhem describes a recent morning when all the kitties went a little nuts. It’s one of the funniest pieces of cat writing I’ve seen in a while. I’m sure parents of multiple cats can relate!
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.