In Others’ Words: The Power of Laughter
Right before I worked on this post, my husband and youngest daughter were watching a sitcom on TV. Nothing special about the show — the TV just happened to be on because they’d finished watching our favorite program, The Flash.
My favorite part of those few moments was hearing my husband and my daughter laugh.
One study states that laughter
- lowers your blood pressure
- reduces stress hormones
- triggers the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers
Now I wasn’t thinking about all of these health benefits when I smiled at my husband and daughter laughing. Not at all. I just savored the sound, knowing they were happy, they were relaxing, they were having fun.
There’s something about laughter — the right kind of laughter — that refreshes our souls.
And when I hear a child laugh? Ah, there’s nothing more pure, more uplifting than the freewheeling laughter of children. (You should have been there when I took that picture of my friend’s son getting a “lickle” from Pippin. I can still hear his laugh whenever I look at that photograph.)
In Your Words: When’s the last time laughter provided you with an instant vacation? Whose your favorite comedian?
With thanks to my writing friend, Jeanne Takenaka, for providing this quote. Jeanne has a wonderful blog that I encourage you to visit, both for the inspiring insights and the beautiful photography.0 I like this!