Saturday, May 2, 2009
Ha ha ha!
"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." -- Lord Byron
I had a long weekend.
Friday was our Labor Day, and therefore it was a holiday. So for three days straight, I was just at home lazing about and yes, you guessed it right - watching a movie!
Oh, I had fun watching comedy films. The belly laughs elicited by watching these movies took me right back to being 11 or 12 years old when I laughed in the same way watching cartoons on television.
However, it is 35 years after those original guffaws and the world is now a different place. Today I deal with a lot of significant stressors and challenges. At times these challenges themselves seem so absurd that I find myself laughing. Are we really looking at a possible, very serious flu pandemic that can appropriately be referred to as Pig's fly flu (bird/swine)?
Of course, for a moment it is laughable, but unfortunately, the answer seems to be yes. Nonetheless, I experience these moments of laughter as a balm for my soul and would like to remind you to give yourself permission to do the same.
The challenges we faced each day also serve as a dire reminder of the need for laughter. We all know that laughter has been clinically proven to be effective in stress reduction. They say a good laugh relaxes tense muscles, speeds more oxygen into our system and lowers our blood pressure. Also, laughter can act as a social lubricant creating a sense of connection among those who laugh together.
AND... It's free!
Thankfully, there seem to be no shortage of resources for laughter in our culture. Why, you can simply give yourself permission to watch a few minutes of funny tv or movie, or get on the internet and google jokes and humor easy.
But as usual, I love engaging you in dialogue, so please share how humor and laughter has been a source of stress release and healing in your life.