Self-Care Challenge (Day 100): Laughing

WilsonI realized recently that laughing can also be considered a form of self-care. I mean, who doesn’t feel better after a good chuckle?

I spent the weekend visiting with old friends–and that always leads to hysterical laughter. Spending time with friends not only helps us feel more connected, but laughing together also lift our spirits (especially when our friends are fluent in sarcasm and nonsense). I love it when my cheeks hurt after an evening filled with laughs. 

There are a few studies that have attempted to link laughter with health benefits, but the sample sizes have been small and the results have mostly been inconclusive. 

Uncle Albert’s laughing scene in the film Mary Poppins (1964) also makes light of the benefits of laughter. His song goes something like this:

I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
So everybody can hear

The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
The more the glee
The more I’m a merrier me

It’s true. Laughing does usually bring forward a merrier me. It allows me–even if for just a moment–to stop taking life (and myself) so seriously.

How does laughter life your spirits?

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