Stop being so serious. Seriously!

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Isn’t it a great experience when a friend says something so funny that you begin to laugh really hard… I mean to the point that you almost start to cry? Perhaps this uncontrollable laughter goes on for several seconds. The laughter starts to die down…and all of a sudden it strikes you funny once again and you begin to let out another good belly laugh. You start to wonder when you’re going to contain yourself…and act somewhat normal again. Did you feel the tension dissipate? What you are experiencing is a release of stress that you may have been carrying for days. The old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine” is so true.

Why is laughter your secret weapon to beating stress?

You may be surprised to know that laughter is equivalent to fifteen minutes on an exercise bike.  It not only lowers the blood pressure, but increases the endorphins in your body which contributes to a healthier immune system. Life is too short to spend it moping around. (I admit I’ve done that…and it’s dreary, no fun and keeps you from being productive!)  As Christians, we shouldn’t settle for staying down and depressed.

Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

I know there is a LOT on our to do lists, but… Take a break from your household chores and just take a moment to laugh….by simply reading a book of jokes, or laughing with a friend, or being silly with your kids. You will be amazed at how laughter can improve your physical and emotional well-being. Laughter actually distracts you from the underlying stress, and brings you to a balanced and calm state. It is, as they say, infectious. Laugh daily. Yes, schedule it! Note to self: Have I laughed today? It is a good cure-all for stress, frustration and, in some cases, depression. Perhaps you’ve used the expression, “One day we will remember this and laugh our heads off.”  By having a positive attitude, and using laughter as a mechanism to celebrate life instead of stressing over it, you’ll become healthier and less stressed when confronting negative events. With so much going on in our lives, the simple action of laughter is a precious asset that can make yours — and anyone’s day brighter. As you go through your daily routine, find something to laugh about. Don’t take yourself so seriously! Look at the bright side of an event gone awry.  Remind yourself often that the cup is half full.  Go ahead and laugh until it hurts. Don’t worry about being all “proper-like”…  big ‘ole snorts are valid stress relievers too. 😉 You may not have control over certain aspects of life, but you can control the stress. Laughter is your secret weapon to beating stress. Now….go laugh a little!

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

God bless your day ahead, RhondaWhiteSig]]>

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