The subject of laughter came up and he said:
“You have to laugh, there’s an enzyme in your brain that produces when you REALLY laugh aloud. Whole body into it. It’s good for you. There is a woman here that was ill and had catscan of her brain done and her doctor’s advice was to LAUGH. No lie. So she used to work before very serious, and all of a sudden, she would laugh whenever possible, all the time… and little by little, she got better. Eventually, the sickness was gone! True Story!”
Whether or not there’s 100% fact in his statements, I don’t know. I won’t disagree. There have been studies done and years ago, I think the show, 60 minutes, had a segment on these laugh seminars or laughing groups back in the 80’s.. As a child, I recall thinking it was weird back then when that episode aired. Now… I have a different outlook. It certainly helps to elevate moods for yourself and those around you. That’s always a good thing. If laughing doesn’t come naturally to you… a seminar might be beneficial. Heck, I Googled, and sure enough I saw something done by Oprah, CBS had a list of videos and Bing produced Laughing Meet up.
Fortunately, laughing comes naturally to me, so I totally believe what my fellow work associate stated without needing fact, simply based on faith alone. I’m always laughing at the absurdity of some of the work issues. One time my boss irritated with me, said
“It’s not funny. Don’t laugh.”
to which I replied I couldn’t help myself because the situation was ridiculous. So if you’re like me, where you laugh all the time already, you might want to be careful not go “overboard” with your mirth, or people might think you’re a loon… (Oh, cray-cray alert. Where’s the lifeguard, think they went off the deep end.)
So the whole conversation I had with this individual, the entire time, I kept hearing in my head, Dick Van Dyke singing “I love to laugh” and pictured him on the ceiling in the movie Mary Poppins. One of my MOST FAVORITE scenes and I still laugh to this day every time I see it. (what fun it must have been to act that scene out) In fact, I’m feeling a little stressed and tight in my shoulders, and in need of a good “belly” laugh. Let’s watch together and if laughing doesn’t come naturally to you, force yourself, it’s contagious, promise. (this is not the entire scene, because they tell jokes too)
P.S. Found some old pics of the kids. My son has always had this GREAT BELLY LAUGH when he is really cracking up and my daughter went through a phase where she would force herself to laugh so that we’d laugh at her. See, she already knew. 🙂