Laughter Does a Heart Good

How many times this week did you laugh? I mean really have a gut buster? I must have laughed until I cried at least three times this week and while at work! I wonder are certain personalities predisposed to laughter?

What makes you laugh? I’m not talking about the fake kind. I’m talking about the times you laugh so hard that your side hurts. What gets me are those unpredictable funny people stories, videos, and those moments that just happen. The other day a friend and I were in a retail store where it was very quiet and a third person walked in to ask if they carried ‘flash tattoos’. I glanced at my friend, she had the look of a big question mark visible on her face which caused me to bust out laughing. First of all what is a flash tattoo, I’m in my 40s. Second of all I’m not sure this clothing store might carry those. Nothing against tattoos.

I wish there was more laughter in our society. I mean think about it. When you visualize people walking down the street in New York City, I don’t know about you but my mind conjures up a large group of people stoically walking down the street, not only walking oblivious to the other people around them, but they walk mindlessly as if they’re in a fog.

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens our burdens, inspires hopes, connects us, and keeps us grounded, focused, and alert.

Kids laugh easily and often, but as adults it may be months, maybe years since we really laughed. Do we make room for laughter in our daily lives? Do we let go enough to allow it to happen? We’re most likely to laugh in the company of others, so do we take the opportunity to laugh when we spend time with friends, family, and co-workers or are we otherwise consumed, preoccupied?

What kept me rolling in laughter this week is something called Dubsmash. It’s a mobile app where you can create a short selfie video dubbed with famous sounds (think song lyrics, funny quotes and more). It’s a total time waster but a total blast!

Experts recommend that we get 15 to 20 minutes of laughter a day, kind of like exercise. That’s a lot of time, but we get the hint. Laughter is contagious so why not add a little to the day and share it with someone else.

Life is just better when you laugh. Do whatever it takes. Day 9 #Write31days


  1. Well, they say that laughter is the best medicine … not just a little chuckle, but a whole bellyfull.

    Maybe it’s ’cause it takes us out of our own self-absorption. Refocuses us on life’s joys. Gives us something to share with others.

    Whatever, I’m grateful for the gift …

    Thanks, Tracy. So very good to meet ya’ this week!


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