January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day. Today we can celebrate the GREAT Gift of Laughter.
Join The Morning Thing today for the “Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World”.
Today, at 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud.
When you join this Global Belly Laugh, please record it and send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org
We would LOVE to keep sharing the laughter with you.
Laughs and smiles are sunshine that transform our moments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the 7 continents. Click HERE to read more about how to connect, create and celebrate laughter.
Today, Marcy, Dan and Andy shared some laughs with you as they told Christian jokes.
Click HERE for a list of these silly jokes.
Click HERE to hear these 3 silly radio DJs tell jokes and laugh. 🙂
What happens when we laugh?
We get the fuel to thrive and flourish when we laugh.
A Good Hearty Laugh
Even looking forward to having a good laugh can boost your immune system and reduce stress. University of California-Irvine study shows that even knowing you will be involved in a positive humorous event days in advance reduces levels of stress hormones in the blood and increases levels of chemicals known to aid relaxation.
Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.
Playful laughing fuels positive energy, creativity and connection.
Boosts immune functions.
Increase’s pain tolerance.
- Exercises facial, abdominal and chest muscles.
Oxygenates the blood.
Improves brain functioning.
We are more alert, creative, we think better after a laugh.
Laughing changes our mood. Boosts Positive Emotions.
A Sense of Humor
- How Does Your Sense of Humor Impact your heart?
The University of Maryland laughter research
- A sense of humor fuels positive energy, connection and creativity.
- Use humor during challenging times to transform situations.
- Use humor to arouse curiosity and engage in divergent or creative thinking.
- “‘Humor in children has been correlated with higher intelligence, creativity, sociability, empathy, self-esteem, and problem solving.
Louis Franzini, Ph.D.
author of Kids Who Laugh: How to Develop Your Child’s Sense of Humor
- “Humor is a powerful force that can nourish children’s growth, development, health, and sense of well-being.”
Amelia J. Klein, editor
Humor in Children’s Lives: A Guidebook for Practitioners
Smiling is Million Dollar Habit.
“There are five habits you can develop to assure wonderful
human relationships, both at home and work.
They are: acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval, and attention.
The simplest way to express acceptance of another person
is simply to smile each time you see him or her.”
Brian Tracy, Million Dollar Habits
Malcolm Gladwell writes in Blink pages 206, “Ekman said, “What we discovered is that that expression alone is sufficient to create marked changes in the autonomic nervous system.”
Increase activity of the zygomatic muscles (the smiling muscles)
creates positive emotions. The corregator muscle, the muscle of frowning and startle responses increase negative emotions.
Dr. Bob Arnot, The Biology of Success
“Children are so receptive to a smile that if a parent could make just one change in a thirty day period to vastly improve their parenting style, I would suggest smiling more often at their children and offering more hugs and affection.
Read the Big Smiling Oath
at breakfast with your family, and share stories at dinnertime each evening – and there will be stories.”
What All Children Want Their Parents to Know:12 Keys to Raising a Happy Child
Laughter can help our health! Click HERE for the entire article about 7 benefits of laughter.
1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
People who lower their blood pressure will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.
2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS
By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance.
3. WORKS YOUR ABS
One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs.
4. IMPROVES CARDIAC HEALTH
Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.
5. BOOSTS T-CELLS
T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.
6. TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS
Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.
7. PRODUCES A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!