Laughter is the best medicine

I LOVE TO LAUGH. Who doesn’t? I would go so far as to say, there are few things in life that I love as much as a huge belly laugh, tears streaming down my contorted face, sides aching, almost peeing in my pants kind of laugh. I love that feeling and yet, I asked around and almost unanimously, it’s rare! RARE! More specifically, laughing with your partner, your spouse, your significant other. So what’s the problem people? Why aren’t we all laughing more?? Why is life have to be taken so seriously? I know what you are thinking “THAT’S A BIG STATEMENT coming from you.” But even in our darkest moments, we have found humor to set us free. And truly, Lance and I laugh more now than we ever did. I love love love that feeling having a big laugh with Lance…it’s like some kind of high. Except he didn’t think it was so funny the other day when I told him his salad looked like it came from Denny’s 🙁

I have always been someone who loves to laugh..often during inappropriate times (in yoga, in meditation, in places where you are supposed to be quiet…I think several of my witnesses will remember some of those uncomfortable situations). And I have always had big laughs with my friends. But I notice within myself and with my friends, we get more serious when we are with our partner. Talking about “responsibilities” (children, money, work, etc). Why not just take the night off, and just be with each other and with the kids (if you have them) and just laugh. Play games…charades makes everyone laugh in my family or watch a funny movie, or just be goofy. Sometimes I do this really weird fake laugh and I look like such a freak, but inevitable I can make my whole family laugh. Even just making a goofy face can make you laugh and you know what?….it feels good. It feels so good I ask myself, I ask all of you “why not just laugh a little more and frown a little less?”

Earlier this summer, I told Lance we needed to laugh MORE! That it was a key ingredient to his healing. So, we actually did seek out things that would add more humor to our lives. Here are a few things that we have actually brought more laughter in our lives.

  • For the first time EVER in our entire relationship, Lance and I occasionally watch a TV show…called Modern Family. I think anyone who watches it feels like they know at least one of those characters in real life. For us it’s the hilariously funny gay guy Cam.
  • Our friend Amos. He came to visit from Vegas where he does an opening act at the Wynn Hotel as a clown…not a creepy clown but a clown in a tux. Amos, come back. You had us all in hysterics for 4 days.
  • Some unmentionable things I just realized but they were funny!
  • Seeing Lance sitting on the couch bald, wearing his galabeya as if this was the most normal of attire was definitely my biggest laugh of 2011.

I called Lance the other night (I was out) and when he answered the phone his voice sounded weird (had he been crying was my first thought?). NOOO! He said ‘I’m watching Louis CK …and I almost peed in my pants.” Music to my ears…

There are some people I know that have a pretty sh**ty diet but I swear they laugh more than anyone I know and I swear they will live to be 100 and still be laughing. I believe in laughing so much that I think it’s not only something that prevents but heals. Science shows that laughter among other things, has the following effects:

  • boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins (the body’s natural feel good chemicals & the body’s natural pain killers)
  • relaxes the whole body (for up to 45 min)
  • protects the heart  (it improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems).
  • stimulates the heart and lungs
  • improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)

 So start laughing people.

Lance and I have realized that sometimes it’s more important to laugh than mediate. On that note, I would challenge all of you, to just notice, situations where you might typically be serious, and instead you could be silly. Is that so hard? I bet it’s a lot easier than juicing!

We would love to know what makes you laugh. Humor us with your humor.

Love and Laughter,
Nancy

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10 thoughts on “Laughter is the best medicine

  1. I was so glad that the title of your blog inclued ‘laugh’ with ‘love and veggies’. What is good health if it doesn’t include taking pleasure in life? Laughter is both the result and often the cause of joy. I see in in the classrooms where I’m teaching, when our friends get together, and always in my family. (I do miss waking up the crazed laughter of Kiki and Tim in the middle of the night when some story or show cracks them up!) Last week I was at a funeral and the relief brought by the rare joking of the pastor and from stories told afer the ceremony were such a contrast and relief from the sorrow of our loss. Laughter is a confirmation of hope and continuity. “Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they will never cease to be amused”
    Much love and laughter, Linda

  2. “Easier than juicing.” got me Nancy. Yesterday morning I was crying because I felt that I had blown something that was precious to me and Guy called me from Austin. He was driving to the store and just hearing his voice I stopped crying-must admit that I am truly a good time girl so it does not take much to shift my gears.
    He then said, ” My shorts are on backwards, ( it was 75 degrees there and he was in workout clothes.)
    I asked” Are you going to turn them around in the car?” This is what I would do if I were in that situation.
    He answered, ” Too late. I’m in the store. My keys are in my ass.”
    As I write this I am cracking up.
    ” I’ll move my keys so that some little kid doesn’t go, ” Mommy look, that man has keys in his butt!”
    Needless to say I was rolling on the floor holding the phone.

    A friend recently described me as “easy to laugh.”
    I considered it the highest compliment.
    I love you and your family, Nan.
    We are all so blessed to be here.
    Love no end,
    Leena

  3. That picture of Ama with a veggie bag on her head made me laugh! I like when you can just start fake laughing and it gets other people laughing with you and then you just can’t stop! I have a special affinity for people who can make me laugh…and Lance, you are one of them!

  4. I just love you two. Thank you for so much – inspiring me to get my hubby to drink wheatgrass and amazing grasss each day again. He hasn’t been on the band wagon since we were trying to get pregnant. Inspiring me to start forgiving those little silly things I have held on to. Now to keep it light. Thank you thank you thank you. You bring sunlight into focus…..
    From one CAM lover to another, gg

  5. A good laugh is the best! So so true.

    Get pictionary for the family. If you draw like I do, you’ll get huge laughs every time.

    Keep up the great blogging.

    love me

    • We have had many a big laughs together! My favorite being when we spooned in the middle of the night unknowingly and woke up laughing hysterically!!

  6. So I’ve been shaking with my senior fitness class and we can’t help but laugh. We are seated in a chair and start by shaking our head “yes” and “no” (and I always say something funny there), then one arm, the other, then a leg, the other and then put all together. It is so funny and so relaxing!

  7. I love this post! I think the ability to make people laugh is way more attractive than many other qualities people value. I bet laughing can even reduce inflammation :).

  8. This I can do!!!!!!! So so so important for a healthy life. My great grandfather (yayos side of course). Lived till 98 and consisted on pasta, red wine and non-filtered camels. And he alternated between laughing hysterically and shouting in italian all day long. It is not only key to health, but key to making the world better. I will belly laugh lots for you… Also especially in inappropriate places. And I drank green things every day for a whole week!!! I hope the super food stuff and whole foods wheat grass counts. Love you!!!!!

  9. Been following your blog and just wanted to share that you are all such an inspiration to us. Your writings and approach to life is refreshing and a wonderful reminder to me and our family to live every moment to its fullest and to take care of our hearts, health and spirits and be the best we can be. I know we have not seen you guys in a while but we think of you often and love following the blog.

    Hope to see you sometime soon!

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