There’s one thing you can be certain of in life, service men and women know how to laugh at themselves and everyone else! Their sense of humor knows no boundaries, at all! Go into any shop and you’ll see evidence of this. For most of us, that sense of humor carries into our homes as well. I remember the first few get togethers at our home had my eyes bugging out and my belly hurting. Everyone and everything is fair game. It’s how they deal with stress for sure, but it soon becomes a way of life.
Have you ever been in a heated discussion with your partner and one of you cracks a joke? If you have, then you know it immediately cuts the tension. I know from experience that when in the depths of depression, when my husband can make me laugh, it’s like the sun shines through the darkness for just a moment. I’ve also been to my fair share of funerals and heard funny stories shared by all afterwards. It’s a way of coping with the sadness.
We have all heard the adage ‘laughter is the best medicine’. It’s actually a true statement. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, diminishes pain, boosts your energy and greatly reduces stress. Laughter reduces stress so much, after a good hearty laugh it relaxes your muscles for up to forty five minutes after. Laughter releases endorphins which can temporarily relieve pain. Laughter also increases blood flow which is good for your heart. So laughter really is the best medicine.
So, on this April Fools Day, when the prank you’ve been waiting to do comes to fruition, enjoy it. Your not just making someone laugh, you’re helping them to be haelthier!