STOP, DROP, AND LAUGH
Written By Lois Jones
I don’t hold a U of C medical certificate but I am a firm believer in the health benefits of laughter. It is the root of this paper. I know how I’ve been feeling, and I am not alone. We need something to give us that much needed break from reality, if only for 15 minutes.
If you are not looking after your psyche, you are failing your entire system.
Just try and remember how you feel after a good giggle. Your whole body feels relaxed. Laughter is proven to decrease those horrible stress hormones which can break a person down leaving them vulnerable for disease. You know when you are in the middle of fun, social time, your aches and pains have a tendency to be less. Laughter has a way of getting the blood pumping, which increases blood flow that will help protect you against heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
I would never say that laughter could replace your regular gym workout, but I certainly would say that it has its benefits. I have felt sore stomach muscles from a good night out laughing with my mates.
Laughter lessens that angry load which must contribute to a longer life span. It has to! And, if for some reason I’m wrong, then at least the very quality of your life would be far superior and joyous because you took the time to stop, drop, and laugh.
Me: Knock Knock
(now you say, “Who’s there?”)
(now you say, “Europe who?”)
Me: NO, I’M NOT!!
Groan, moan, but don’t forget to laugh. You may need to read this out loud. I did.
Be kind, be safe, be respectful.