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Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I thought I would write a bit of a fun post just talking about how important it is to “let your hair down”, and relax, not taking life too seriously. My mom will tell me how much she loves my sense of humour, and that I need to show it more. I can be serious at times, but I love to joke around, be sarcastic, have fun and not take things too seriously.  Read my post-Not Letting Go of Your Child-Like Spirit. You all have heard “Laughter is the best medicine.” It is so true!

Laughter is important in life

I’ve been reading posts and articles on things that make us more “youthful” much of it being, exercise, eating well, dressing well etc. I do think, taking things lighter, and having the ability to laugh can also keep us youthful.

I’ve always been one to appreciate sarcasm, and let me tell you, I love being the “cool aunt”. I think it is easy to get into a rut and be serious about your day. Keeping up with the news, I don’t find many things to be lighthearted about. I don’t want to stick my head in the sand, but at the same time, find little to be joyous about when it comes to news and today’s society. So, what does a girl do?

You have to learn to make your own fun, entertainment and joy.

What Makes Me Smile and Laugh

We have had Gibson and Truffles now for 9 and 7 years, and every day I thank God for them, as they do bring joy and fun to my life. I can tease them, ( Gibby doesn’t have the mechanism we have for being full.. so I will put one kibble in his dish, while dumping a bowlful into Truffles to see his reaction. Of course, he obediently lies on the ground, looking at me, “is that all, Mommy?” and I laugh, after a bit, filling his bowl. Just small moments like this in life, make you smile and laugh. They are so important. They were certainly one of the best decisions in life and the joy/laughter they bring, I’m sure, adds years to my life. Read post- A Girl’s Best Friend

I am certainly more of a drama, crime story, mystery loving girl who doesn’t watch many sit-coms. But there is one I love and laugh at time and again- The Goldbergs, particularly because it takes place in 1980 something, and brings back so many memories that we can now laugh at.  Beverly Goldburg is the epitome of bad 80’s fashion wearing as many blinged-out, shoulder padded wearing sweaters that one mom can own. I laugh at the references that bring me back to my childhood, as they spoke about Hershey Park and Gator Gum ( Gaterade Gum that was my favorite) in the 80s. Her hair is big, feathered, am reminds me of my own hair at the time- the ever popular “Tenille Style ( of the Captain and Tenille fame) .

I actually really know something is funny if my laugh leads to tears in my eyes, and those tears lead to a high-pitched arrangement of notes that could be heard far and wide. You can certainly make your own laughter, fun. Certain shows do help me as well. I love slapstick comedy , so The King of Queens always had me in stitches. I find the best humour is situations I can relate too. I can pin point an episode where I couldn’t stop crying I was laughing so hard. .. And that makes you feel good. 

Laughing at Yourself

I have to laugh at myself! If you don’t laugh at yourself, you may be taking yourself too seriously. I am sure we all have times in our lives, where we think ” I can’t believe I did that”” or “: What was I thinking?” only to laugh and realize at least we took the risk or tried something in our life. Think about an event where we thought, why did I do that and now put it into perspective. Does it make you laugh about it now? I have to be able to laugh at myself,or else I would just be afraid of taking risks or looking foolish. I remember a time, an embarrassing moment, where I was very serious about my weightlifting and bodybuilding. I read magazines, I lifted heavy weights. I worked out at a Bodybuilders Gym. I put the weight plates on a rack to do squats, misjudged the weight I was lifting, squatted down, then couldn’t get back up!

I HAD to laugh about it, especially now when I think about it. No one helped. These guys were into looking at themselves in the gym mirrors, not helping a little weakling with her weights!  Even then, I found humor in it. You have to.

Another example, my friend and I were Serious Barry Manilow fans in 4th grade. I mean, I was given THE Manilow Album for any collector. It was Barry’s face on a white album, that I could gaze at while watching it spin. My girlfriend and I would later prepare a dance to the “Copacobana” reenacting all of the story to the song. We were quite proud of our skills and tried out for the talent show. Later, I would find out we might have made it, if we declared our act a comedy.  It is a memory, that makes me laugh and smile every time I think of it.

I love blogging. I began it to meet other ladies and to use my creative powers in styling outfits, as I love fashion. Perhaps I need to include more “bloopers” as I laugh about all my looks  depicting a human robot, with my arm raised and hand turned in. So many Mr Roboto poses.

( Didn’t get too far off the ground in my effort to jump)

So, scientifically, “Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.” It does help  you feel better as well, as endorphins are released, and stress is lowered. 

So, I would love to hear how you “keep light” and laugh. Do you find laughter to be the best medicine and do you catch yourself sometimes being “too serious”? Do you find that you are more serious as you get older?

I would love to hear from you in the comments.  

THank you!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Jess xx

 

 

 

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21 Comments

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    Neti
    October 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Yes. . laughter is the best medicine and I am one to have several belly shaken laughs every weekend at my Mom’s house. It is just refreshing. . .

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 16, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Sounds like fun! I love a good cry when I laugh, then I know I am laughing really hard! 🙂 xx

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    sandypatti
    October 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Loved this, thank you! My sisters and I did a Copacabana dance routine too, pretty embarrassing but you have to laugh. xox

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you Patti! Ah, so we weren’t the the only Copacabana dancers?! Thats good to know! I know, you do have to laugh. xx

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    Rebecca
    October 21, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    This is such a great post, Jess. I think, if not for my sense of humor, I’d walk around in a deep depression because of all the bad news and negative vibes out there. Having a pet and close friendships definitely helps us navigate the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thank you for your comment Rebecca. I so agree! It is so important we take things lighter and laugh in life. My pups do make me laugh and smile each day.

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    Suzanne Smith
    October 20, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Hi Jess! This is such a great post because it made me laugh and cry all at the same time! I just loved it!! I agree that laughter is so important and it keeps us young. Have a great weekend!

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 20, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Thank you Suzanne! I just started writing about this topic and it just kept flowing. It is so important! Glad you enjoyed reading it. Enjoy your weekend as well. xx

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    ROBIN LAMONTE
    October 19, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Jess,

    Laughter IS the BEST medicine!
    I am so glad you wrote about this!

    I found this from Laughter online University:
    “Do you know if you can laugh every day that it can scare away depression and anxiety?
    This is not just about dopamine. Laughter causes the body to release into the bloodstream high concentrations of different hormones and neuropeptides related to feelings of happiness, bonding, tolerance, generosity, compassion and unconditional love. Let’s call this a joy cocktail.

    The joy cocktail has a lot to do with the fact that dopamine (which floods into your system when you are positive) has two functions. Not only does it make you happier, it turns on all the learning centers in your brain, allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way.”

    Hugs,
    Robin

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 20, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Robin! This was very interesting to read as well. I knew about the dopamine.. its where you get those feel good feelings. I like the idea of a joy cocktail! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Lisa
    October 19, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I like to make light out of things instead of taking them so serious. I know people that take jokes and sarcasm serious and will correct or explain why its not funny. I hate those attitudes. haha. I like to be sarcastic but not to the point its annoying. And I love a good belly laugh.
    Lisa

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 20, 2018 at 9:56 am

      I know what you mean Lisa! I agree, you can’t be too sarcastic as it does get annoying! Yes, you have to be able to laugh. xx

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    Straight A Style
    October 19, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Laughter is the best! You are so smart to seek it and realize how helpful it is.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 19, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Thank you Amy! You just have to laugh at yourself at times. 🙂 xx

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    Ayuna
    October 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

    great blog! really. interesting and inspiring 🙂 very nice pictures here you are adding 🙂 I will be happy to look here and read 🙂
    Greetings from Poland !
    in free time I invite you to me 🙂
    Ayuna

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Ayuna. Glad you enjoy the blog and nice to “meet” you!

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    thisblondesshoppingbag
    October 19, 2018 at 6:40 am

    I could not agree more – laughter really is the best medicine! That’s the best thing about my dad – he is so witty and loves to laugh. My boys say I remind them of Beverly Goldberg – and I can relate! The King of Queens always had us laughing too, I love Kevin James! Such a fun post to read Jess!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    http://www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thats great to hear about your Dad. Hehe about the Bev Goldberg comment! Thats a mom that smothers…. but with all good intentions! Yes, Kevin James has me cryin sometimes, so funny! Glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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    Diana
    October 19, 2018 at 1:09 am

    You’re a treasure! I love your writing and look forward to these longer posts!

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      Jess Jannenga
      October 19, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Thank you Diana! I do try and write on other topics on Friday when I can. Glad you enjoyed it. xx

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