Don't Worry Be Happy
Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine, smiling makes your whole body relax and tells your brain that everything is good, so here is a collection of things to make you smile and laugh.
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Laughter is an antidote to stress and pain, finding something to feel good about brings your mind and body back into balance, helps to lessen your daily worries, encourages hope, and re-connects you to those around you because your laughter is infectious - it truly is one of the infectious things in life that you want to catch, my I see my children smile and hear their wonderful laughter it has an immediate effect on how I feel - to be happy and to make those around us happy should be our main goals in life.
Something you may not know is that laughter decreases stress hormones, increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies and ultimately improves your resistance to disease. Some years ago I taught Stress Therapy, one of my techniques was to use body behaviour and noise offloading to release tension in the body. You will notice that when someone is stressed their shoulders creep up towards their neck and ears, as you think about that think of someone pulling a string downwards on your spine and it will lower your shoulders, how does that make you feel, most people feel more at ease, more relaxed as their shoulders drop. Noise offloading can take many guises, my favorite was to pretend to laugh and make funny faces, at first you think it's strange then when others around you are doing it too it makes you smile and the effect on people afterwards is amazing, they smile, even though moments before they were filled with a nervous tension.
So with that in mind since I can't reach out and teach you Stress Therapy over the internet I have put together a selection of things that I hope will make you smile and smooth away those creases on your forehead, relax your eyes and bring the corners of your mouth up and cheer your day.
Okay now it may just be the after-effect of watching giggling babies which is such a heartfelt delight but this next photograph made me laugh, I can't imagine what the owner of the house felt when he was met by this but I just found it funny.
I'm sure a lot of you have seen this collection of funny animal voiceover videos but I couldn't put this together without including it as I love watching it, including the "Alan-Alan-Alan" one which I love.
I may not be a great fan of ventriloquism but I LOVE ACHMED THE DEAD TERRORIST - it is an extremely clever form of black comedy and everyone I have shown this to loves it. And if the kids are being too noisy the normal comment is "Silence - I kill you", it makes us all smile and they get the message in a good way.
Please watch this I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.
One of my favorite comedians is the very funny Australian Carl Barron, this video of him performing on the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival is pure genius and bound to make you laugh.
The next three videos were brought to my attention by my teenage daughter and I'm so glad she showed them to me, I think these guys are comic geniuses, very clever, very funny and they certainly made me laugh out loud, I hope that you feel the same.
And finally, the background to this is that there is a certain type of goat that sounds like a scream when it is bleating, some clever person has put it together with a selection of songs - unfortunately I cannot listen to some of the songs now without hearing the goat noise instead of the words - but it is funny and I thought I would share it with you.