Self-Care Challenge (Day 100): Laughing

On day 100 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent as much time laughing as I possibly could.

I mean, who doesn’t feel better after a good chuckle?

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

A few studies have attempted to link laughter with health benefits, but the sample sizes have been small and the results have mostly been inconclusive. (But I’m pretty sure we don’t need scientific evidence to give ourselves permission to laugh.)

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 –  if for just a moment–to stop taking life (and myself) so seriously.

How does laughter life your spirits?

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