Laughter By Marilyn Franklin
Laughter is the human gift that heals our bodies and emotions so we can cope with life’s ups and downs.
Laughter pressures the brain to do two things simultaneously: (1) visual-facial gestures which tighten facial muscles, particularly the major muscles of the mouth; and (2) phonic: (sounds) which cause arm, leg and torso muscles to contract.
Life is hard, and sometimes our struggles can seem unbearable. Laughter helps us to release our anxieties. Even if only temporarily, it may help us to see the brighter side. When confronted by uncertainty or adversity, it may not be a laughing matter then, but in the end, we can “crack our side” when we realize we have survived.
Most people tend to stop laughing when they feel sad and enter into an emotional pit. By making light of painful things, we can eliminate our emotional woes and find humor. This is one way comedians get their material.
Statistics reveal that adults laugh approximately15 times per day and children 50 times per day. Thus, adults need to laugh more and seek stress reducing humor in their lives everyday. We have to actively strive to break free from controls through our laughter. We need to laugh until our tongues hang out, and listen to our inner voice telling us to smile and laugh instead of hearing the negative “that’s not funny!”
Be optimistic. Don’t wallow in small things. Remember, when everyday life seems too tough to handle, compare it with a truly difficult situation.
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