It’s commonly thrown around that as children, we would laugh somewhere between 300-400 times a day. As an adult it diminishes to about 15 times a day. Why is this important? Today, we’ll discuss the drastic benefits of a hearty laugh, the healing capabilities of laughter, and how often we should be laughing to notice a soulful difference.
Healing Capabilities Of Laughter
Why is laughter so important? Going back to one of the first few lessons of this series, I mentioned The Secret. There is a case within that documentary where a woman was able to heal herself from breast cancer through mental strengthening and laughter. She would release the tension and stress by watching funny movies. This isn’t the first time I have heard this phenomenal medical mystery before.
Laughter has the ability to let go on a deeper level the things we are worried about. It is a healthy escape from our problems. It allows us to connect with other individuals. It also implants memories into our mind of the good times.
Here are more mental and physical health benefits of laughter from the HelpGuide:
Physical health benefits of laughter:
- Boosts immunity
- Lowers stress hormones
- Decreases pain
- Relaxes your muscles
- Prevents heart disease
Mental health benefits of laughter:
- Adds joy and zest to life
- Eases anxiety and tension
- Relieves stress
- Improves mood
- Strengthens resilience
More Laughing, Please!
Bottom line, laughing makes us feel good! This whole detox is about letting go of resistance and getting into a state of feeling good. When we are able to do that, answers just flow, our intuition is unblocked, and abundance seems to follow easily.
Statistically speaking, we notice a big shift if we are able to laugh 30 times a day. So how can we incorporate more laughter into our daily routine? The easiest way is watching a funny movie or TV show. I particularly love Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld.
Another great option is meeting up more frequently with friends who have the ability to joke around with you and have meaningful yet light-hearted conversations. Or organize a group to go see improv for a night. I like improv better than comedy clubs because they are typically funnier and the sense of humor is lighter.
It’s also great to laugh at ourselves. When we do something silly or make a mistake, instead of beating up on ourselves, why not laugh? When something goes wrong, I mentally think of that meme of throwing your hands up in the air and screaming “Plot twist!”
Question Of The Day
It is easy to take life too seriously, how do you lighten up your daily experiences and add more laughter in?
“Do Children Laugh Much More Often than Adults Do?” The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, www.aath.org/do-children-laugh-much-more-often-than-adults-do.
“Laughter Is the Best Medicine.” Healthy Eating Tips to Prevent, Control, and Reverse Diabetes, 28 Dec. 2018, www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm.