Laughter Can Help You
The Toughest Aspects Of Life
Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Laughter can be the elixir that is needed
to cope with the stress, frustration, and anger that can
be found in daily life. Laughter relaxes the muscles and
allows for deep breathing. Breakthrough medical research
is shedding new light on the physiologically beneficial
effects of laughter on health.
Laughter can come in handy when we are dealing
with illness, the pressures of daily stress and work. Laughter
helps us get in touch with our feelings and ease the pain
of difficult situations. Having a sense of humor is important.
Laughing is essential. Laughter is not the same as humor.
Laughter is a physical and physiological response to humor.
A few of the benefits of laughter:
Can boost the immune system
Lower blood pressure
Clear the respiratory tract
Provides a workout for your diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory,
facial, leg and back muscles
Craig Zablocki, a humorist and speaker who
gives presentations to victims' groups and health-care professionals
says laughter is the best medicine. "It's exactly what
the world needs most, especially now." According to
Zablocki there is a time to cry and people should cry when
tragic things happen. "But they have to remember to
When we are distressed or under any extreme
pressure, we are intensely focused on the problem. We are
so close to the situation, it can be impossible to see beyond
what is happening. It can feel like we are all alone. The
situation can seem so big that it is difficult for us to
step back. The problem will color our view of the entire
world. Laughter can be a way to step back from the problem
and give us a different perspective. Laughter is cathartic;
it can clear our heads and help us refocus. According to
Lisa Rosenberg, PhD., R.N., laughter can help us cope with
stressful situations. Laughing "gives us a mental break
and increases our objectivity in the face of overwhelming
stress". (Psychology Today. 1993, Vol 26 No.4., p.18)
Is your LPD (Laughs per Day) average running
low? Laughter is so essential to a healthy happy life. It
will make even the bleakest of situations seem lighter.
The problem is we can get so caught up in what is happening
that we can forget to laugh. Remind yourself everyday to
laugh. One of my daily habits is to laugh. I sometimes even
write in my Daytimer, "Don't forget to laugh today."
Is your LPD being met everyday?
Daily Success Formula
Laughter = Good for your
"Anyone who takes himself too seriously
always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can
consistently laugh at himself does not." Vaclav Havel
"A good laugh is sunshine in the house."
William Makepeace Thackeray
"He who laughs, lasts." Mary Pettibone
"If you don't learn to laugh at troubles,
you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old."