Celebrating April as National Humor Month, I'll be attending the
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop in Ohio next weekend. This week's column is not a
funny, but is about the importance of humor and laughter in life.
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh
1st was April Fools' Day. Did you play any pranks on anyone? Were you afraid of
what people might think, or are you just not the type to play jokes? Try looking
up some famous jokes that others have played for a guaranteed laugh or two.
Did you know that April is also National Humor Month? Obviously,
you are a person who enjoys humor or you wouldn't be reading this article. A
little laughter goes a long way toward relaxing your mind and body. The effects
of a good laugh last up to 45 minutes and can lower your blood pressure. I don't
know about you, but my blood pressure needs all the help it can get.
Can you believe people who have heart disease are 40 percent
less likely to laugh at funny situations than those without heart problems?
Maybe laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter should be thought of as
heart-friendly, better than a low-fat and low-carb diet, or at least another
method to improve your health.
Experts who study this sort of thing say stress is reduced
within minutes when you laugh. Notice how a stressful situation is relieved when
someone makes a joke. Everyone laughs and relaxes. Laughter helps give you a
positive attitude and feelings of happiness. You feel better when you laugh a
lot and others feel more comfortable. Wouldn't you rather be around someone who
is funny and has a positive attitude, than someone who does nothing but complain
Laughter reduces wrinkles and makes you look younger. That alone
is enough reason for me to work in as many laughs a day as possible. Ever notice
old people with frowns permanently frozen into wrinkled faces? When I get old, I
want my wrinkles to be smile lines instead of frown lines.
He are a few ideas to help you get started laughing:
* Look for funny videos on YouTube and post them on Facebook.
* Download a comedy movie to watch or watch one on TV.
* Look for books of cartoons on Amazon or at the library.
* Spend time with friends who make you laugh.
* Write your own funny captions for cartoons or family photos.
* Act goofy or make a face in the mirror when no one is watching.
* Put a funny screensaver on your computer.
* Play a silly game with your kids or friends.
* Subscribe to joke lists and humor columns.
* Recall a funny situation or embarrassing moment and share it.
It may seem a bit silly to seek opportunities to laugh, but why
not if laughter is good for you? You are improving your health and well being
and having fun at the same time. Laughter relieves tension and helps pain.
Laughter is a workout for your heart, diaphragm, and facial muscles. It improves
your attitude. Laughing and learning to appreciate humor will improve your
Some people have suggested taking time to deliberately try to
laugh as an exercise. Take a deep breath and say "ha, ha, ha" as many
times as possible. The forced laughter will soon become the real thing,
especially if done in a group.
Accept that you don't have to have a reason to laugh and just
laugh. Learn to laugh at yourself and your own short-comings. Being a happy
person is sometimes a matter of choice. Make a choice to have a positive
attitude and to be a happy person. It can make you live longer and help you
enjoy the life that have.