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If life is nothing but a sitcom, what can you do but sit calm and enjoy it? Survival is the key here. Laughing at ourselves and our frailties helps to lighten our load quite a bit. There is no better laugh than one we have at our own expense. Finding humor in the nature of human-ness should simply be as natural as breathing and for some of us it is a full time job.
Did you know that laughter raises one's frequency to help with the healing process? Laughing is a reaction to certain stimuli, fundamentally stress, which serves as an emotional balancing mechanism. Traditionally, it is considered a visual expression of happiness, or an inward feeling of joy. It may ensue from hearing a joke, being tickled, or other stimuli. It is in most cases a very pleasant sensation.
Laughter therapy boosts the interferon levels of the immune system which helps the system's ability to fight illness and escalates healing. Laughter decreases stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and suppress immune activity.
Muscle Relaxation - Belly laugh results in muscle relaxation. While you laugh, the muscles that do not participate in the belly laugh, relaxes. After you finish laughing those muscles involved in the laughter start to relax. So, the action takes place in two stages.
Reduction of Stress Hormones - Laughter reduces at least four of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormone.
Immune System Enhancement - Clinical studies have shown that humor strengthens the immune system
Pain Reduction - Humor allows a person to "forget" about pains such as aches, arthritis, etc.
Cardiac Exercise - A belly laugh is equivalent to "an internal jogging." Laughter can provide good cardiac conditioning especially for those who are unable to perform physical exercises.
Blood Pressure - Women seem to benefit more than men in preventing hypertension. Respiration - Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in resulting in a cleansing effect - similar to deep breathing. Especially beneficial for patients who are suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.
From Swami Beyondananda (Steve Bhaerman in an exerpt from Duck Soup For Souls):
Wake Up Laughing. It has been said the great Fu Ling masters are able to laugh at the very instant they wake up in the morning—or at least the first moment they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same. If the thought of looking at yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning seems horrifying, try this: Pretend you are looking at someone else. The worse you look, the harder you will laugh. As you laugh, you will begin to look better and better until you no longer look funny enough to laugh at. When you stop laughing on your own accord, you have dispersed the laugh force throughout your body and you are ready to start the day.
Mine Your Own Business. It has been said that the bull is always funnier on the other side of the fence, but the first place to look for bull is in your own back yard. Your own bull makes the heartiest laughingstock. Every day, find something that’s funny about your own laugh story, and laugh at it. Laughter will help dissolve your bull. When nothing is left of the bull, you will have achieved the goal of every aspiring Fu Ling master—you will have the No Bull Peace Prize.
Humor Yourself And Others. Practice lobbing one-liners into serious conversations. When you hear an explosion of laughter, you know you hit your target. Take jokes from Internet, share them on the Outernet. There’s nothing like watching a joke detonate right in front of your eyes. If it is easier to remember short jokes, then short jokes are fine. Humorologists tell us it’s not the length of the joke that matters, it’s how much pleasure it gives. A good joke proliferates and nourishes like manna. Think about it.
Love the Fun You’re With. Yes, it’s true. Four out of five metaphysicians tell us that life is more fun when you laugh. So love the fun you’re with -- even if it doesn’t feel like fun at the moment. Anyone can have fun having fun. But having fun not having fun is the Fu Ling master’s art. Next time you’re not having fun -- and not having fun not having fun -- remind yourself that life is a comedy of situations and you’re just having an episode.
Risque Scene from PORKYS - Be an adult ... or not!