Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.
Life can be stressful and overwhelming at times. When you’re juggling a million demands on your time and the kids are making you tear your hair out, having a good laugh might be the furthest thing from your mind. But, it’s at times like this that laughter’s most needed.
How many times have the kids been driving you crazy and then all of a sudden they’ve done something that made you laugh. How did it change the way you felt? I’m going to hazard a guess here and say it lightened your mood. That for a few seconds, if not longer, all your troubles and stress melted away.
The human mind is an incredible thing but sometimes it can run away with itself and we get stuck in a cycle of overthinking, stress and all round negativity. Laughter has the power to cut through that cycle and stop it in it’s tracks. When something makes us laugh our body responds. Endorphines are released, serotonin increases (the body’s natural antidepressant), we feel more energised. It acts like a master reset button, as long as we don’t then override it with more negativity.
One of the best things about laughter, is it’s contagious nature. Seeing someone else laugh out loud can make us laugh too, even if we don’t know why they are laughing. I remember going to see American Pie when it first came out at the cinema. Obviously it’s a very funny film, but experiencing it in the cinema made it even funnier. Hearing other people laughing out loud, made us laugh even harder. The feeling in the cinema that night was like nothing I have ever experienced and will always stay with me.
I remember a video doing the rounds a couple of years ago showing contagious laughter on a train. If you check youTube there are so many you could get sucked in to watching them all so I’ve provided one for you here so you don’t have to:
No matter how hard life gets, if you can make time to laugh every day you can get through anything. There are many reasons why I love my husband, but one of the biggest has to be his sense of humour and ability to make me laugh. No matter how down I am feeling, he always knows how to lift me back up again, even in the hardest of times.
Laughter isn’t just good for the mind and soul, it’s actually good for your health too.
Aside from it being fun to have a good laugh, here are just a few of the benefits:
- releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer
- lowers blood pressure and keeps the heart healthy
- improves breathing
- helps you sleep better
- speeds up the metabolism, helping you burn calories
- improves your mood
- reduces stress and anxiety
- boost relationships
- works your abs
- boosts your immune system
- boosts serotonin levels to help reduce depression
- can increase memory and help with learning
- make you look younger by giving those facial muscles a workout and improving blood flow
- boost energy levels
I certainly wouldn’t want any of you to waste your day, so here are a few gifs to get you started:
Words To Live By will be taking another break for the next 4 weeks. I will still be blogging and present on social media but these particular posts take up a lot of my time and we have the Easter holidays coming up, followed the week after by my son’s birthday and the week after that there’s a possibility Keith (hubby) will be returning to Sea.
If you don’t want to miss hearing when the series will return you can enter your email below and I’ll keep you up to date. It will also give you access to my Freebies page with all the workbooks and printables I have created.
There’s no workbook this week as I don’t really think that’s the way to get you all laughing. I have created printables of all my favourite quotes about laughter though:
Have a great week everyone, and remember, everyone needs a good laugh: