For me there are three sacred sounds. 1. the sounds of waves crashing on a beach as it automatically lowers my stress levels as I listen to the unending, uneven tempoed force of Mother Nature. 2. is the sound of popcorn popping as it undoubtedly means we are doing something fun. And 3. that pure sound of a young child laughing. THAT is my favorite sound. They may not even be speaking or fully speaking yet, and they STILL laugh. And when they get that big, belly laugh – THAT is just the purest sound and emotion.
So here is my question to YOU Mr. And Mrs. Adult living in the Adult world – when was the last time YOU had to hold your belly laughing cause it hurts so much? When was the last time where you lost time cause you were laugh crying so much? Having to wipe tears from your eyes and you actually lose your vision for a short time as you can not see – from laughing so much.
Yeah, not NEARLY enough. And usually MUCH MUCH too long ago.
An essential key of your LONGEVITY is the ability to decrease how stresses affect you. We can decrease the numbers of stresses we have, but we won’t be able to stop them all. So there are incredible physiological changes your body goes through when you laugh, and the list from the University of St. Augustine is incredible:
- Stimulates your organs: When you laugh, you take in more oxygen-rich air. This stimulates your lungs, heart and muscles.
- Relaxes your muscles: When you get stressed, your body tenses up and can cause you to feel stuck. A good laugh can relieve physical tension in the body and relax the muscles for up to 45 minutes.
- Improves cardiac health: Laughing increases your heart rate and the amount of oxygen in your blood. This can improve vascular function and decrease the risk of heart attacks.
- Boosts immune system: When you’re stressed, negative thoughts can turn into chemical reactions that decrease your immunity to sickness. When you laugh, you adopt a positive mindset that can release infection-fighting antibodies and neuropeptides that help fight stress.
- Lowers blood pressure: Laughter releases endorphins that counteract the negative effects of stress hormones—lowering your blood pressure as a result.
- Helps with weight loss: yeah, I know.
See, I know you take time to exercise, and make great choices in your eating. How often do you take a LAUGH break – to just get around people, movies, videos or books that make you laugh? Well Mr. And Mrs. Adult living in the Adult world – start today. One of the greatest sounds is YOU laughing. But make a child laugh and you have set a positive shock wave through the world.0