We're living in tough times. I don't think I need to enumerate all of the serious problems facing our city, state, nation or the world right now, suffice it to say that there's lots of uncertainty. And with uncertainty comes stress. And stress can make us sick. However it's often said that laughter is the best medicine. If that's true, it's important to take a few minutes each day to laugh. Or perhaps give someone else a dose of laughter.
That's right, be a healer.
Now is a good time to begin doing that because April is National Humor Month!
National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by Larry Wilde, a humorist and director of The Carmel (California) Institute of Humor. The idea behind National Humor Month is to heighten public awareness of the power of laughter.
Health and medical professionals have determined that laughter has many therapeutic effects that can improve the quality of our lives. Beneficial effects are a lowering of blood pressure, increased relaxation, reduction of stress and creation of additional energy by boosting oxygen levels in our blood. It also increases the endorphins in our bodies which results in an overall sense of well-being.
Oh! I forgot to mention, there's also increased incidence of flatulence.
Results may vary in your household, but digest this startling statistic. It is estimated that children laugh, on average, 400 times a day. Whereas, adults only laugh about 17 times a day.
Join me in celebrating National Humor Month.
There's probably no better time to start than today.