Humor: A Vital Daily Supplement

My tablet intake rivals the pill minders of folks twenty years my senior. Collagen and fish oil improve joint function. CoQ10 claims cellular repair features. My physician recommended calcium for bone health. Probiotics assist with digestion and boost immunity. I hope lecithin helps brain function. Royal jelly and bee pollen should increase my energy levels. I top it off with a multivitamin, in case I missed anything.
There’s one daily supplement few people recognize as a vital resource for physical, emotional, and cognitive well being. No pill to swallow, but the aftertaste is always divine. I can’t get enough of this secret super-boost. Doctors, holistics, and mental health professionals concur regarding its amazing benefits.
Humor. Seems so ordinary and simple, you’d be tempted to laugh me off for recommending it. Before you stop reading, consider the research. Bernie Siegal’s Peace, Love, and Healing cites scientific evidence revealing the impact of positive thinking and, yes, humor on the body’s ability to heal as well as to retain good health. Cancer patients shown Three Stooges films showed vast improvement over those who were not exposed to humor, for example.
Laughter releases endorphins and elevates serotonin. This boosts immunity and reduces toxic stress and anxiety. Mental health often improves significantly when clients dose up on regular comic relief. Though no one should stop taking medication without their physician’s approval, some patients can reduce or eliminate psychotropic prescriptions after a (professionally supervised) transition to a fun-infused daily lifestyle.
Humor offers greater value per investment than other treatments. Especially when you consider it’s often availabostrichle at little or no cost. Note the abundance of comic relief in our natural environment. Otters, monkeys, and kittens testify a core thread of silliness weaves this world together. The Creator designed humor into our habitat and advertised its free health benefits. “A merry heart does good, like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).
Need help getting a daily dose? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  1. Baby giggles are contagious, and nurseries need volunteers.
  2. Subscribe to social media joke posts or silly meme sites.
  3. Create art in your yard with a tarp and watercolor-filled balloons.
  4. Invite friends or family to a shaving cream covered Frisbee game.
  5. Borrow a joke book from the library and share your favorites online.
  6. Ask your friends what animal they identify with most. Find the goofiest photo of each animal and tag your friends. If you’re tech-savvy, you can take it a step further and photoshop the animals mouths moving to match respective friends’ voices.
  7. Whenever tempted to criticize your mistakes, always laugh at yourself instead.
  8. Check out this BBC video, capable of triggering a giggle even on several views.

What makes you giggle? Share your ideas with us. I look forward to reading your comments.
Be Encouraged,

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Crystal Storms

    Tina, I was just reading the benefits of coconut oil … for my dog. It turns out Minnie would benefit from a 1/2 teaspoon a day. But serious or …I guess not. I can see why laughter is such an important part of our health. We take ourselves way too seriously, and it shows.
    Things that bring a smile to my face are joke-a-day emails and YouTube comedians. Jeanne Robertson is one of my favorites. : ) Thank you, Tina, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday.

  2. Kathy

    How fun and refreshing to read a blog about humor, sometimes I think we forget to laugh and be playful! I just love your encouragement on this, and really love the funny part of myself that I want more of ! Thanks!!
    Visiting from IntentionalTuesday today!

  3. Rhiannon S

    I loved this post! I always feel better after having a good laugh, whether that is a movie, being with friends or getting tickled by something my 10-month-old has done. Laughter is great medicine and it is sad how often we forget that. #IntentionalTuesdays Sharing this because laughter should be contagious!

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