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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine.  When was the last time you really laughed?  You know what I'm talking about.  It's when your belly aches from laughing so hard.

I've had a few of those moments when I tried to hold it back.  I was in my cardiovascular nurse specialist course and our instructor Edie was seriously teaching.  My friend Yolanda whispered something to me and ...I couldn't hold it back.

Despite my attempts to contain myself, it wasn't happening. Thankfully, our class was small in number and even Edie ended up laughing.

Laughter is contagious!

Sometimes it happens when I'm with family.  My brother Steve has a way of reminding me of something from our childhood and laughter ensues.

Here are a few benefits of laughter:
  • Laughter relaxes your body.
  • Laughter boosts your immune system.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel good chemicals
  • Laughter increases blood flow, protecting your heart
So how can you bring more laughter into your life?

  • Watch reruns of I Love Lucy or other comedies
  • Spend time with people who are fun and laugh
  • Watch children interact with one another
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Don't take yourself so seriously
  • Smile
I'm sure you could add some of your own to this list.  Counting my blessings is also another way for me smile and laugh.  So, I'm continuing to count my every day blessings ...

#856 Hugs and smiles from the children in summer camp
#857 Observing the little ones do cannonballs into the pool
#858 Hearing squeals of laughter when I sprayed the children with the hose
#859 Listening to the children as they play with one another
#860 Watching the children play house with their dolls
#851 Doing hula dancing with the little children
#852 The sound of Sawyer laughing
#853 Observing a hummingbird in my garden
#854 A wonderful motivating sermon on being passionate about mission
#855 Ongoing growth in my walk with the Lord
#856 Keeping an eternal perspective

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays

Blessings and love,
Debbie Petras
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  1. You posted just before me today at Ann's. I came by for a visit. I think I may have to find a funny movie to watch. Thanks for you uplifting post!


  2. Very inspiring:) i like laughing too. Suits my name joy:)

  3. People watching is a sure fire way to start laughing lol

    Thanks for the humor today!

    Here via Multitudes on Mondays.

  4. Oh, I'd rather laugh than eat when I was hungry and I have a very distinctive laugh. I think it is the best medicine but then again, I think tears are good medicine as well. Happy new week!

  5. At risk of sounding like the old song from Mary Poppins, I love to laugh! And that pic of the toddler? It made me smile AND giggle :)

    Hugs to you, sweet Debbie! Hope you're having a great summer and enjoying your little sweeties in summer camp!

  6. Hi Debbie! Laughter really is the best medicine. Sometimes a great comedy is just what I need, but whenever I talk to my sister we end up splitting our sides! She's a hoot. No matter how serious a topic, she finds a way to inject humor. We need it! Hugs, V.


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