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Laugh Your Way To A Healthy Life

Hey everyone, I’m glad you made it over to my article. My aim is to help each and every one of you in every way that I can. In the midst of these challenging times, what the world needs most is laughter. Laughter is as important to a Healthy Life as breathing.

I’m not a standup comedian. I wish I was. As a Speaker I know how important it is to get people to laugh, even when your subject matter may be serious. I often open my seminars with ‘”My friends, good afternoon, welcome to healthy lifestyles living, when I came here today only God and myself knew what I was going to talk about…now God only knows.” It does get a chuckle, and puts a smile on most people’s face.

A simple fact that I want you to acknowledge is that Life can be far easier when we have a positive outlook and laugh a lot of the time. Laughter and a positive outlook also has a beneficial impact on our health. So get laughing.

A woman walks up to an old man sitting in a chair on his porch. “I couldn’t help but notice how happy you look,” she said. “What’s your secret for a long, happy life?”

“I smoke three packs a day, drink a case of beer, eat fatty foods, and never, ever exercise,” he replied. “Wow, that’s amazing,” she said, “How old are you?”

“Twenty-six.”

Let me try another.

I recently joined a new doctor’s practice. After two visits and exhaustive tests, my new doctor said I was doing “fairly well” for my age. A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, “Do you think I’ll live to be 80?”

He asked, “Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer?” “Oh no”, I replied, “I’ve never done either.” Then he asked, “Do you eat juicy hamburgers and barbequed ribs? I said, “No, I’ve heard that all “red meat” is very unhealthy!” “Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf?” he asked. “No I don’t,” I said. He said, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or fool around with sexy women?”, “No,” I said, “I’ve never done any of those things.”

He looked at me and said, “Then why in hell do you want to live to be 80??”

Being a Healthy Lifestyle writer I thought that I needed to find a comedy clip associated to one of the most important subjects and that is healthy eating. But my heart won over my head. My all time favourite comedy film is ‘National Lampoon Animal House’. One of my favourite clips was the Lunch Scene where John Belushi as John “Bluto” Blutarsky was being selective to what he was going to eat. If this doesn’t make you laugh, you have no hope.

If any of this has brought you some chuckles, made you giggle or perhaps created a couple of seconds of really deep belly laughter, I have helped you reduce stress, enhance immune system, and improve cardiovascular function. Laughter can really make a difference in your overall health.

Children laugh about 400 times a day, and adults only about 15. Laughter is a gift that has been given to us to make us feel better.

Laughing is one of the healthiest things we can do. When we laugh until our sides actually hurt we are providing ourselves a great dose of medicine. A good laugh can help bring about a change of the mind in a matter of seconds.

Laughter is healthy for people. Laugh and laugh you’ll feel like a new person.

Many people have heard the old adage, “Laughter is good for the soul.” A blanket of research, however, has revealed that laughing poses a number of scientific benefits to the mind and body.

Here are a few 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 can relieve our minds giving us a peaceful rest for a few moments from our normal thoughts.
  • 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 has the power to increase muscle flexibly and lower blood pressure.

I’m sure you will agree that laughing and being upbeat is a far better feeling than sitting around depressed and with a scowl on our faces, always moaning about someone or something. Laughing a lot makes your life much brighter and bring joy to our inner-selves. A positive frame of mind will create a healthier and happier life.

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing is better to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Laughter lightens our load, inspires optimism, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. Laughter supports both our physical and emotional health.

It helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better.

Laughter is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health. Laughter eliminates negative emotions. Anger, depression and anxiety are all over shadowed by the psychological power of laughing. Moreover, laughter increases energy and reduces stress.

Laughter is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. So help me get me healthier. Share a joke in my comments. Make me laugh.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
16 Comments
  1. Mary March 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Larry, that was terrific! I loved the second joke especially, and the video did make me crack up! Now, although my soul is feeling better from my laughter, I will have a medical bill for my busted a** that occurred while I was laughing so hard:)

    • LarryLewis March 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Mary. Thats probably my favourite film of all time. Still makes me laugh after watching it 100 times. Glad it cracked you up, now get a woopee cushion will make you feel better

  2. baldychaz March 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    glad to see ya back Larry. Laughter is the food of life. Sadly sometimes my job can be laughter free and follows me home. But hey if i did not care would not be so good at it! Keep up the good work;)

    • LarryLewis March 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

      I have a similiar job Charles. It’s pointless telling you to leave it all at your front door, because i know that’s impossible. I find half an hour of humour (will watch a video of stand up comedy) gets me to look at problems in a different light, and often can find solutions which didn’t seem to be there before

  3. Jessica Brant March 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Larry,

    Thank you for the laugh I can always use a good one: )
    Great post I agree with Charles Laughter is the food of life
    Jessica

    • LarryLewis March 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

      How true the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. A laugh a day can keep the doctor away. Now we know three keys to health – food, laughter and exercise. So Jessica keep on finding stuff to laugh about.

  4. Sherry March 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Larry! Thanks for the laughs. I couldn’t agree more in regard to the benefits of laughter.

  5. Yogasavy March 10, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Nice to see you are back. Laughter is great and love it. Like tears laughter reveals a person’s true self! How we laugh, kind of laugh, tone of the laugh etc.

    • LarryLewis March 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

      All laughing is good for you, but i love when my daughters get a fit of giggles and just can’t stop. That always makes for very special moments. In my research i found alot of discussions on Laughter Yoga … over to you my wise one

  6. Corinne Rodrigues March 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    What would life be without laughter, Larry? But we do need reminders like these from time to time. Nice to see a young John B….He was funny..too bad he died so young 🙁 (overeating?)

    • LarryLewis March 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      John Belushi was indeed one of the funniest guys of all time. Alas his death was officially ruled a drug-related accident. Such a waste of this talented man.

  7. Amar | A Note March 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Laughter is the best medicine as they say, for those who laugh not the cause of laughter. I think commediene have the most lonely life, although they make us laugh but most of them are crying inside.

    • LarryLewis March 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      John Bellushi was definetely a good example of that. I would hope that most comedians who do bring such relief and laughter to their audience, are warmed and positively motivated, by what they create within others

  8. Femita March 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Youtube is my def go-to place when I’m in need for a quick laugh. Personally I love Jimmy Carr comedy shows and highly recommend you to check them out 🙂

    Alison

    • LarryLewis March 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      You are so right Femita. Youtube provides an awesome resource for all of us.

  9. Ernest @ Miami Personal Trainers March 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Larry,

    One great article from you. Wow! This really inspired me and my mom. I let her read this. Can I twit this? I know a lot of our friends out there from middle east and Asia need this post. They are in a difficult situation now especially Japan. Have a good one, Larry! I hope I can be friends with you!

    Ernest

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