Making the Day Worth Living

Scott Fitzgerald said it best:

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”

We all know that when we find ourselves in circumstances that call for a continual fight, sometimes life gets a little too hard to live. You end up fighting so hard to survive that you somehow forget what you are fighting for. That is until your best friend comes to visit you or your nephew gives you a kiss on the cheek and you remember the love in this world and the love you wish to share with others.

Even though it is easier to smile on some days than on others, researchers have found that laughter and smiling impact us more than just lifting our moods. In fact, laughter actually aids in boosting of your immune system through decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and antibodies.

Laughter also helps to relieve stress and discomfort. It is such a powerful natural tool to wellness that Cancer Treatment Centers of America actually uses Laughter Therapy as part of their treatment.

“Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. Laughter Therapy can enhance oxygen intake, stimulate the heart and lungs, relax muscles throughout the body, trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), ease digestion/soothe stomach aches, relieve pain, balance blood pressure, Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity). Laughter therapy may also help to:

improve overall attitude, reduce stress/tension, promote relaxation, improve sleep, enhance quality of life, strengthen social bonds and relationships, produce a general sense of well-being.” http://www.cancercenter.com/treatments/laughter-therapy/

All in all it seems adding a little laughter to your life could be very beneficial. So switch the channel to your favorite comedy show or ask your funniest friend to come and visit you and may it make your heart a little warmer and your day a little brighter.

Author:  Mary-Anne Elizabeth Wright

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