You know that moment, usually in the company of great friends, often late at night, when everything becomes funny?
It’s that moment when your stomach starts to twist into knots because you’re doubled-over in hysterical laughter.
It’s that silence that comes from laughing so hard you can’t make a noise, that waterfall pouring from your eyelids, that pain in your cheeks from smiling so big that makes humor such a powerful instrument of happiness. I don’t know if laughter can cure any ills, but it definitely has the power to minimize stress and tension, even if for only a brief moment.
The majority of Americans live with moderate to high levels of stress, generally caused by money and work. They feel like they work too hard and don’t have much to show for it, and they don’t know what to do to change the landscape. Sound familiar?
Furthermore, it has been estimated that two-thirds of all doctors’ visits are caused by stress, which often leads to chronic fatigue, digestive upsets, headaches, back pain, increased blood pressure, increased risk for stroke, increased danger of heart attacks, increased seriousness of asthma attacks, smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, overeating, diminished sexual desire, death and disability.
It’s depressing just reading that list.
Rather than expose myself to unnecessary stress and its harmful effects, I think I’m going to take my chances with laughter and see what happens. It might not be the best medicine, but it sure feels good and will probably save your life.