Woo, time sure does fly, doesn’t it? I had no idea that Thanksgiving was so soon!
For the past 2 years, I’ve done the “14 Days of Thankfulness”, which is where you post every day, leading up to Thanksgiving, about something you’re thankful for. It could be anything! Family, friends, even the little things like fun teapots. Or things like happiness, or hope.
Haha, and because I lost track of time, this year it’ll only be the 9 days of Thankfulness, haha. But thankfulness is thankfulness :-P
So today, I am thankful for laughter.
It’s one of those uberly contagious things. And so it should be! It’s such a happy thing.
“Laughter is a timeless thing.” ~ Walt Disney
“The most wasted of all days, is one without laughter.” ~ E.E. Cummings
And upon further investigation, laughter also has major health benefits.
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boots your immune system. And thus helps fights off sicknesses.
Laughter can help relieve pain. It sends off endorphins that send off an over-all sense of well-being.
Laughter protects the heart. It aids the function of blood vessels, increases blood flow, and in general can protect you from heart attacks.
And if it wasn’t already good enough, it lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, you work our your diaphragm, abdominal, facial, back, and leg muscles (yep, leg muscles. Who knew, right? *Brownie points to who can guess the movie quote! Semi out of context, haha*)
There was a study done at Vanderbilt University’s medical center, that proves that laughing 10-15 minutes every day can burn up to 10-40 calories. Over all? That comes up to four whole pounds in one year. How awesome is that?? Weight loss, thanks to laughter!
See? It really is the best thing!
Then you have videos like this one, where you can’t help but smile and give a little giggle yourself.
Today, I am thankful for laughter.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures for anything.” ~ An Irish Proverb