Day 19: Hopium dependency: Laughing! The Best Prozac On The Market!


A sense of humor…

is needed armor.

Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s

lips

is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty

good grasp of life.

Hugh Sidey

Hugh Sidey making President Regan Laugh.

It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at

the same time.

Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive

And you have the power to choose either.

Wayne Dyer

 

Both of those quotes are powerful!’

When is the last time you laughed until you cried?

When is the last time you laughed at all?

I had an Aunt who had been battling depression for years. I stopped by to visit her one day and, I asked her when the last time was she had laughed.

She stared at me blankly; a long, silent pause followed. 

Eyes brimming with tears, she sighed, “I can’t even remember the last time I laughed, it’s been so long. I don’t even know if I remember how.”

I said, let’s go load up your computer and fix that situation right now.

Enter the screaming goats video.

follow the link and see what we were laughing about!

Three minutes later, both my Aunt and I were doubled over in her living room, the sound of our laughter echoing off the walls.

I think I even let my guard down and snorted once.

Tears streaming down my Aunt’s cheeks, she sighed, “wow, I can’t believe how good that felt; almost like a weight was lifted off my chest. I think I need to laugh more often.”

                             Yes, she did. We all do.

I can’t help but wonder if laughter is an under-used

resource in our lives.

Maybe if we laughed more, we would feel less depressed and anxious.

Perhaps fewer people would struggle with addictions.

I wonder.

Even the Bible talks about the healing power of laughter:

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)  

My interpretation is not backed by years of studying

theology,

but I’d say it sounds like laughter trumps Prozac!

I’m certainly not suggesting that laughter is a cure-all for depression,

BUT I am suggesting that laughter could help alleviate depressed mood and anxiety.

Even a little.

And when it comes to depression, a little bit less depressed is a big shift for someone who battles the darkness.

It opens a window in that murky room of the soul where light and life can enter in.

Hope.

Hope whispers, Laugh. It’s good for your soul.

Can you hear me?

So, what do you say?

Would you be willing to try an experiment with me?

It’s simple: every day, for a week, spend at least five minutes engaging in something that makes you laugh,

and see if, at the end of the week, your mood has improved.

Sometimes it takes a friend to help you find your funny bone.

(A special thank you to my sweetheart Jeff, who first introduced me to the screaming goats video-

I laugh often because you showed me how to access silly, senseless laughter on YouTube!)

my sexy man Jeff

Whether it’s a comic strip, a joke book, a friend’s humor, a comedy on Netflix, or old reruns of Friends, whatever makes you grin, giggle, or guffaw will do.

Another really funny video that Jeff introduced me to was:

JEANNE ROBERTSON VIDEO! Don’t Bungee Jump Naked!

Here is the link to that video. You will be glad you watched it…I promise!

If you have time watch all of Jeanne Robertson’s videos.

She will have your cheeks hurting, tears running down your face, and your guts cramping from laughing so hard.

“I believe that if people can get more laughter in

their lives,

they are a lot better off,”

says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and

laugh therapist.

“They might be healthier too.”

Laughing-baby

There you have it…

Right from the mouth of a highly recognized MD.

Laughing makes you healthy!

Here are some Awesome Facts About Laughing

(And Why You Should Do It More!)

Laugh It Off: How Laughing is Beneficial To Your Health

Are you laughing?

I hope so!

Think of all the money saved on counseling if laughter therapy works –

now that’s something to smile about!

What makes you laugh? Do share – you could be responsible for someone else’s joy!

 Please leave a comment and share with the world what makes you laugh.

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