LET’S LAUGH DAY – Laughter, whether it be a tiny giggle or a hearty guffaw, creates positive physiological changes. Our immune system is boosted, our stress hormones are reduced and we are left with a feeling of euphoria. Laughter is also contagious. Watch a video of a baby laughing and it’s so easy to feel yourself smiling and chortling as well. We all have great stories of extreme belly-laughter but today is about seeking out that wonderful feeling.
No one to laugh with? Author James Hazlerig, suggests that unconditional laughter can change our brain chemistry resulting in more positive feelings and a happier outlook. When we decide to laugh we decrease Intense Chronic Seriosity, a condition Hazlerig describes as smiling too little or frowning too much. And the best part, we can laugh alone.
Hazlerig’s book “The Little Book of Laughnosis: Using the Hypnotic Power of Unconditional Laughter to Change Lives ” is a highly recommended read. One of his exercises suggests laughing like Santa … tap your belly while saying “Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho” or hands in the air with a “Woo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo”.
A couple of my girl friends will be coming to my house today so I know I will be laughing a lot today. Have fun with your snickers today. Happy March 19th!
Here is a great podcast if you are interested in hearing Hazlerig speak on this: