Some days are better than others. Some days we would love to start over from the beginning and take a different way to work. We would avoid Mr. Negativity at the office at all costs. Or, maybe we would just better prepare for him. We would like to keep our head above the nonsense. But, some days we just can’t. The route we take to work is under construction (again). Mr. Negativity shares an elevator with you and lets you know how stupid the whole world is (after all, he is the only smart one). And this, in turn, sets your day to plummeting. Down, down, down. Well, when a day like this is on you. Shake it off! Wouldn’t it be nice if just by shaking a bit your whole disposition could change? Actually, it can. If you are shaking with laughter.
Laughter is one of the most underrated stress relievers known. You don’t often hear someone say, “You poor thing. What you need is a good laugh”. But, it can be done for free. It can be done almost anywhere. Well, I guess it can be done anywhere, but you could get arrested (Smile. Doesn’t that feel good?).
Laughter is good for a number of reasons:
- According to a study by heart specialists at the University of Maryland (presented at the American Heart Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions) people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.
- Laughter increases oxygenation of your body. By laughing, you take in vast amounts of oxygen in huge gulps (sort of a temporary hyperventilation). This is a natural result of laughter. Oxygen is a primary catalyst for biological energy in the human body. We breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, so oxygen is an element of intracellular energy that’s absolutely necessary to sustaining our life. When you laugh, you get more oxygen into the cells of your body.
- Laughter is great exercise. Laughing exercises the cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure and increasing heart rate, which any aerobic exercise will do. It strengthens internal muscles by tightening and releasing them. Ever notice how much your abs hurt after a good prolonged laugh? Similar to doing crunches.
There are plenty of other benefits to laughing. But, the number one benefit is by laughing you are making your bad day a good day!
Live it LOUD!