You've probably heard how laughter relieves stress, but when you're "stressed out" at the office and your boss is “breathing down your neck,” the importance of laughter not only gets pushed aside, but becomes a job threat because laughter and stress don't mix well at the office.
But, when it comes to depression and stress relief, laughter is good medicine and should be practiced daily, and I've found a great resource that you're going to love [which I tell you about later in this article, but no peeking. First, let's look at why we should laugh...]
There are numerous effects of laughter on both emotional and physiological levels. Some of the benefits of laughter include lowering cortisol (the stress hormone), lowering blood pressure and fighting off colds.
For a full list of the benefits of laughter, take a moment to read my article, “Laughter is the Best Cure for Living a Joyful Life” in our online magazine. There's a fun video there too that will make you laugh. The link opens in another window, so when you're done with the article, come back here I'll be here waiting for you so we can continue our discussion...
Did you know that there's actually a “Laughter Yoga” movement and a “World Laughter Day" (which is the first Sunday of May each year?)
Well, you don't have to wait until May to laugh. I've found a super, cool Laughter Club called the “Skype Laughter Club.” Although this club takes the importance of laughter “seriously,” there's nothing serious at all about their “meetings.”
When I attended my first call with the Club, I had no idea what to expect.
I wasn't sure if they'd be telling jokes or if I'd have to “perform” somehow. But, as soon as I answered the call, I heard people laughing...
And, before I knew it, because you know that laughter is contagious, I was laughing too. And when they say that laughter is the best medicine, they're right! By the time I left the call 20 minutes later, my whole body was tingling and I felt alive...
Like all my cells inside were dancing around happy!
Now, I know that might sound a bit “much,” but that's how I felt and it happened the next time I got on the call too.
So, since the Skype Laughter Club is as close as your computer and you can attend for free, I encourage you to help lift any depression or sad thoughts and give yourself the best [and cheapest] medicine you can by joining the Skype Laughter Club.
Here's how it works:
Go to: SkypeLaughterClub.org and follow the instructions to add the Laughter Club to your Skype contacts;
Look at the schedule and find your time zone; and
Get on your computer 10-15 minutes before the “meeting.” They'll message you or you can message them to include you in their phone roster when they make the broadcast call.
Then, sit back and listen to the laughter and before you know it, you'll be laughing too! [And they have a group message going where you can enter into the conversation or leave yourself out...
But the messages can be hysterical too...
Like someone saying they're in a park with 20 people around wondering why they're laughing. That one cracked me up.]
It's super fun during the call and even after the call when all “your cells are still laughing and feeling all the great effects of laughter!”
And here's an article that describes why you can become addicted to laughing...
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