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Sexy Bikini Nun! Time to Take Your Medicine! Things that Make Us Laugh!

Updated on April 26, 2012

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings


Laughter relaxes your entire body. It relieves physical tension and stress, and can relax you and your muscles for up to 45 minutes.

When I ran across the video featured in this article, I decided then and there that I would have to write an article that contained material that would allow me to tie into the video. Since the video made me laugh . . . laughter became the key to open the door to this article.

I have often heard people say that laughter is the best medicine. It's something we've all heard at some point or another. But researchers have proven that watching just 15 minutes of comedy with someone else (not alone) increased an individual's pain threshhold by approximately 10%.

Research has proven that it's the full belly laugh that you're aiming for - the one that leaves you exhausted and begging for mercy. It's this genuine uncontrolled laughter that produces feelings of well-being, even though it may bring tears to your eyes!

Watch Out! It's catching!

Laughter is contagious. When you hear someone laughing uncontrollably, it's hard not to join in on the fun. When they snicker and snort, we can't help but to snicker and snort in return.

When laughter is shared, it bonds people together. In addition to the snowball effect of laughter and amusement, laughter triggers changes in our bodies ... healthy changes. Our immune system is strengthened. Pain is eased. Stress is released. And best of all, this medicine is a very easy pill to swallow.

Laughter therapist, Enda Junkins, LCSW, LMFT, BCD, states, "We need to laugh more . . . Laughter ringing, laughter pealing, laughter roaring, laughter bubbling. Chuckling. Giggling. Snickering. Snorting. . . In today's stressful world, we need to laugh much more."

I even find all the different ways that she describes laughter as amusing. Who can't help but smile when they hear a "snickering snort"? And part of the reason they're smiling is because they're glad it's not them doing 'the snort'. Snickering is okay, but snorting is another whole level of laughter, and some people do it so well. And when they do, it's: laugh, snort, repeat.

We love to laugh!

We love to laugh, and on average we laugh 17 times a day. We even support whole industries built around helping us get our fill of laughter. Sitcoms and comedians have arranged things just so . . . causing us to laugh at the simpliest of circumstances. Why? Because it feels good to laugh! And it's good for you!

Laughter Used in Cancer Treatment

Even the Cancer Treatment Centers of America use laughter therapy as part of their treatment program. Laughter therapy is used as a part of their integrative approach to help their patients cope as they also receive their conventional cancer treatments. They offer humor therapy sessions, also known as Laughter Clubs or humor groups, to help patients and their families use and enjoy laughter as a tool for healing!

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." ~Woody Allen

Humor Helps Dementia Patients

An article recently appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia stating that researchers in New South Wales had conducted a study showing that humor reduced agitation among dementia patients.

Laughter causes your body to release endorphins. Endorphins promote a feeling of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Endorphins are also what causes what is known as the "runner's high". During laughter, these opiate-like chemicals flood the brain.

Mark Twain stated, "Before the assault of laughter nothing can stand." So get ready to be assaulted. Get ready to bubble over with giggles, snickers, and snorts. If the looks on some of these people's faces doesn't force you to bubble over . . . you definitely need your medicine, and they say, laughter is the best medicine. Time to take your medicine . . .

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