Laughing Health Treats

Side Splitting laughter… Oh how good it is!!!

The kind of laughter that …..

makes your side hurt!

or your eyes water, or

It becomes so intense that it is now silent, and you find trying to catch your breath is a challenge.

Then that becomes funny!
I shared this experience recently and after the few minutes – that felt like a very long time – of hard and consistent laughter, I felt so relaxed. Ok, a bit like I had been to a gym session, but it was stress releasing all the same.
I am not sure what the laughter was about, often it does not take much, one funny comment or, for me, mispronouncing a word will do it, or better still making one up.
I am known to do that often, so much so that I have been told that I could produce a Deb Dictionary with my word inventions. My family find these funny, or at the least weird enough to start a laughing session.
There have been other times when I have this uncontrollable urge to dance and sing (and let’s say I am not called to be a singer) to a bouncy TV add! Yes it does not take much. But I have to say I feel happy in this world, and it shows. So much so, that the rest of my family love to join me.
So this is when a good belly, side splitting, eyes watering, silent laugh starts.
I am convinced that this is part of my job as mum, as I help the family to their dose of ‘health’ treats.
Yes laughing is good for you, and I do not mind being laughed at by those who I know truly love me. I enjoy our family laughing fits; this is where great memories are made!
Let me share with you why I provide my family with Deb’s laughing health treats:
Laughter can be used to decrease stress. Maybe that is why comics are still printed in the newspaper? I do think that maybe they should be printed closer to the front to prepare for the stressful read that is ahead. I am keen on less stress.
Laughter can help ease fear and anger, tension and aggression, and this can only be good for the body! Decreasing stress allows the body to function as it should, improving the circulation and best of all, releasing those negative emotions!
Oh and a joke in our home does not even have to be funny, a lame Dad joke will do just fine, often this is all it takes, we then begin to laugh at something not being funny.
Often we become blissfully unaware of what started the laughing anyway.
I am yet to master the laughing when I hit my funny bone. Maybe I should make this my next goal?
Laughter is a free gift, given to us to enjoy and use to our benefit and, as a mum, I want to hand out as many healthy treats as I possibly can.
God, the inventor of Laughter therapy, has provided us the best remedy for a stressful life, the invention of these healthy laughing treats.
Listen to His instruction to us;

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

A good old-fashioned belly laugh, oh it is like a medicine.

Share a laugh today, in company or alone or better still with me.



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