Sunday, June 13, 2010

LOL

Blake and I watched the first part of a great documentary last night called, The Human Face. It was made in 2001 and I think it is way before its time. The movie points out how important face-to-face interaction is and how our society is spending too little time doing this. One of my favorite parts discusses all the advantages from laughing. Blake and I were talking after the movie and concluded that there isn't any better feeling than sharing a genuine laugh with a good friend or someone you love. Not only does laughing together strengthen relationships and bond us closer, it just feels great! In fact, one of the first things that attracted me to Blake was his crazy sense of humor. I knew by marrying him I would never have a shortage of laughter in my life. :)

You might be interested to know that some of the health benefits from laughing found in this great article include:

  • 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 boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
  • Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  • Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
So have you had a good laugh today?

4 comments:

Natalie said...

I love those facts! Laughing is seriously the best!

Rick said...

We watched the documentary, which was really good. Thanks for the recommendation! I haven't finished the article yet, but it looks very interesting, as well.

Mom said...

Loved this documentary! Nothing better then feeling good ALL over!!

Quinn & Dani Gooch said...

Lindsey!! I am loving all of your updates. The girls are absolutely gorgeous and have gotten so big. I have totally been thinking about deleting my fb too. It does become way too addictive! Wow I sure miss you guys. Can't believe Maddy she is such a little girl. Keep the posts coming, I love them!

ps-love the background :)