Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Simple Plan to Laugh

"A day without laughter is a day wasted."
-Charlie Chaplin

Laughter is the best medicine. Seriously.

When I get migraines, I dive straight for the prescriptions. Then I get sleepy. Then cranky. Then stressed. Then I get another headache. Maybe I need to consider a new routine.

After some research, it turns out that humor is a fantastic way to relieve Stress. Laughter releases endorphins, which are natural substances that help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude. Like any good researcher, I put this to the test. With less than three weeks remaining until I receive my masters, one can imagine how much Stress presents itself. My source of humor? My husband.

I can't think of a day that has gone by when he hasn't made me laugh. Intentionally, he's a funny guy. Unintentionally, he's hilarious. His heart is so warm and open, that even when he's angry it's hard not to laugh a little. If you're lucky, you have someone in your life to laugh with. When you find this person...don't let him or her go. They'll save you a lot of money on medical bills.

So what was the conclusion to this experiment? Hypothesis confirmed. Here I sit with three deadlines tonight and (what feels like a million) errands to run. In a cafe sipping herbal tea (see earlier post), listening to some relaxing music (see even earlier post), with a view of a beautiful lake (see future post) and sitting in front of a man who makes my heart smile and has the ability to make me laugh uncontrollably (see current post)...there is "simply" no sign of an otherwise expected headache.

"Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live."

1 comment:

  1. What a great read. I couldn’t agree with you more. Laughter is a great remedy for all ailments. Just look at babies. When they cry because they hurt themselves from a fall, and you make them laugh they forget about all the pain from the fall. There are so many more examples like this.
    Thanks for taking the time to continue to write the blog and sharing your thoughts.