News reports update us daily…. hourly…. constantly concerning COVID-19. It’s overwhelming at times, and whilst we cannot stick our heads in the sand regarding this most difficult time in history, we need to maintain a healthy balance re: what we watch and listen to in order to take care of our mental and physical well-being.
Apart from limiting the daily news, or blocking it out altogether, another good way to balance sad news is to inject some light-hearted fun / humour into our day where appropriate. It’s a well known fact that laughter is good for our health, e.g.
7 Benefits of laughter
- Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
- Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
- Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
- Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
- Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
- Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
- Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much! The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer. —helpguide.org
The ‘best selling book of all time’ which sells over 100 million copies yearly, i.e. the Bible sums up the above information perfectly, e.g.
“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing”. —Proverbs 17:22
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to laugh during a time of crisis—COVID or otherwise. It’s good for your health, mind and soul.
NEXT WEEK: Don’t forget to cry – the amazing benefit of tears
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