ADD GOOD BELLY LAUGHS TO YOUR SELF-CARE REGIME: December 10, 2020

These days, we may feel as though we have nothing to laugh about, but laughter is a gift.
Laughter as a medicine can be prescribed for almost any disease. Scientists say that laughter improves your blood flow, which in turn reduces your stress hormones, lowers your blood pressure and activates your immune system. 

Laughter allows us to release the toxins we tend to hold onto, but as we take on more responsibilities, we laugh less. The science says young children can average 300 good belly laughs each day while an adult might have 10 per week.

Laughter is so important that sincere, fake and even an anticipated laugh benefits our health.

Laughter improves health by lowering blood pressure, releasing muscle tension, increasing dopamine and endorphins that make us feel good, decreasing stress hormones, and even burning calories!

Laughter has even been found to reduce tumors, increase the effectiveness of cancer treatments, and lengthen the lives of those suffering from cancer.

Here is a laughing meditation borrowed from Choprah.com:

1-2 minutes: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and stretch your arms high above your head. Rock your body side-to-side from your torso, then bend over and touch your hands to your feet. Next, massage your jaw and yawn at least two times to loosen your mouth and relax the muscles in your jaw.

3-5 minutes: Find a comfortable position to sit or stand. Start by slightly smiling and then begin laughing without too much effort. Move to deep belly laughs. (Hint: try different types of laughs to encourage your true laugh to come through. Even if it begins as a forced feeling, most people find the forced laughter catalyzes authentic laughter in no time.)

3-5 minutes: Sit or lie on the floor in stillness and silence. Be mindful of what comes up for you—how your body feels, emotions that present themselves, and thoughts that arise.

My husband always makes me laugh.
We make faces and laugh at each other several times a day, which helps me not take myself too seriously.

The good news is that our bodies don’t know the difference between laughing spontaneously or forcing ourselves to laugh. We get the same benefit.

We get a double dose of good medicine when we combine laughter with physical and spiritual exercise.
The ancient text says the battle is not yours, it’s mine.
Laughter allows us to let go in a profound way,
releasing that we can only do our best
and allow whatever we call Absolute Good
to do the rest.

I tried researching the best comedy movies but found that most of the ones listed didn’t make me laugh.
Here is a list of some of my favorites:
Girls Trip,
Diary of a Mad Black Woman,
Coming to America,
Deliver Us From Eva,
The Johnson Family Vacation,
Crazy Rich Asians,

Sing,
Soul Plane,
Death at a Funeral,
Think Like a Man,
About Last Night,
Little,
Bridesmaids,
Paddington 1 and 2,
Ratatouille.
You would get a great
dose of laugh medicine from
all of these.

I know, without asking, that Marlon would add
the Kung Fu Panda
and Shrek movies,
The Princess Bride,
Get Smart,

the Friday movies,
Harold and Kumar movies,
and Dolamite is My Name.

When I need a belly laugh,
I watch The Tracy Ullman Show,
Saturday Night Live,
Trevor Noah,
Steve Colbert,
Kevin Hart,
Key & Peele,
Blackish,
the PJs,
Boondocks,

or my favorite –

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO).

Salon scene from the Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO,
renewed for two new seasons.

When is the last time
you had a really good belly laugh?

You realize that’s a puppet underneath the hairdryer, right?

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