The Benefits of Laughter

Essentials to Resilient Living – Part 3 – Laughter

We are all born with an innate desire and ability to laugh. Everyone loves a good laugh and we are all more relaxed, energized and just happier when we’ve had a good one. So why is it that as we age, it’s harder to find. When did we get so cynical? Is the world really that bad, that we no longer can find the energy to look for the humor in most situations?

My entire life has been laughter-filled. Let’s just say most of my teachers never called me by my first name. No way… It was, “Deckert, stop talking”, “Deckert, turn around and look at the board”, “Deckert, maybe you want to tell the rest of us the joke because not everyone is laughing”. You know the personality… yep, well, that was me.

I actually don’t think I could live without laughter… well, and music too. They are my spirituality. The amazing George Carlin once said: “But when you’re in front of an audience and you make them laugh at a new idea, you’re guiding the whole being for the moment. No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It’s very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That’s when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow.”

Perhaps our current politicians could take a lesson.

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Enhances Resilience

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
  • Enhances Resilience

Creating opportunities to laugh:

  • Watch a funny movie or TV show.
  • Go to a comedy club.
  • Read the funny pages.
  • Seek out funny people.
  • Share a good joke or a funny story.
  • Check out your bookstore’s humor section.
  • Host game night with friends.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Go to a “laughter yoga” class. (Personally hate these)
  • Goof around with children.
  • Do something silly.
  • Make time for fun activities (e.g. bowling, miniature golfing, karaoke).

The more you look for funny, the faster you find it. It’s always been there, just stop wrinkling your forehead and get out there.

Start Laughing Here: Some of my favorite funny YouTube posts. And I’d like you to share yours below in the comments too. Let’s get a library of funny S&%t going here.

Life is too short to be going through it looking haggard, tired and grumpy. Let’s laugh, my friends.

1. Which bird would you rather be?

2. It’s Business Time by the Flying Concords!

3. Laughing at someone who is laughing so hard. Chewbacca Mom.

4. Gerry Dee and his thoughts on The Marriage Point System.

5. And one last one, just for pure inspiration: 1000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly”. Only 33.5 million views. Spectacular!!

Linda Edgecombe
Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame

2 thoughts on “Essentials to Resilient Living – Part 3 – Laughter

  1. That horny old “BIRDMAN” never did get the hint that “Mamma ain’t ready to have no HO HO tonight….no sireeee…do ya hear me man!”

    GREAT “funnies”. Thanks Linda

  2. I have been a grateful recipient of many of your posts. But this one made me laugh and cry! Thank you for putting together a few words of wisdom. A few words of inspiration that make my days better. As an optimist and lover of laughter I get much pleasure from your posts. I was directed to you by Jeff as I am headed to Santiago next spring and he said I have to check you out. So glad I have. Loved the 1000 musicians!! I look froward to the next installation. Keep up the good work, laugh love and breathe.

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