The Healing Power of Humor
By Judi Lynch
Word Count – 644
Bio Word Count – 60
Article submission for July 2021
What a gift it is to be able to laugh! To feel, see, hear and know the energy of joy. We have been finding ways to entertain each other since the birth of humankind. As we’ve always heard, laughter is the best medicine, we all could use a little more of it right now.
A recent study published by The Mayo Clinic explains the short and long-term benefits of laughter. Laughter stimulates many of our organs with oxygen, increases endorphins in the brain, activates the stress relief response, soothes tension, improves our immune systems, relieves pain and improves mood. Laughter has the ability to increase heart rate and lower blood pressure. Other studies of laughter’s benefits reveal that it also improves sleep and enhances the effectiveness of T-cells in our body to help us combat illness.
Humor also has social benefits as it can bring people together. It can break the ice in tense situations, bring us new friends who laugh at the same jokes and help others feel better. When we are able to laugh at ourselves we bring in acceptance and forgiveness for our past miscalculations and mistakes. We can recognize our humanness together and share common ground. It is so healing to be able to let go of the past with laughter and enhance our ability to cope.
Comedians share special energies with their audience when they cause many people to laugh at once. A comic knows how special a live audience is when everyone is laughing at the same time. When we remember the good vibes we received when we laughed so hard we cried, we bring those energies back to life with beneficial results to our body, mind and soul. Seeing a certain cartoon or watching a ridiculous movie can help us escape from our challenges, even for a short but very beneficial time, humor works miracles on our moods.
We can lift ourselves up out of depressive thoughts, anxiety and fears with humor. Reading a book about ridiculous situations and scenarios can have incredible effects. Shakespeare and Mark Twain wrote about life in comedic terms. Situations when characters have somehow got mixed up in together, having misunderstandings, blunders, pratfalls. Silent films depicted all kinds of silly situations that made the audience laugh. Public speaking is a good place to experience the spontaneity of a good joke. It lifts up the spirit of everyone in the room, regardless of their reaction, the benefit is far-reaching. Thirty minutes watching a funny sitcom might assist us in elevating our mood much better than watching a two-hour murder mystery that creates anxiety. Many people love sarcasm and dark humor while others like slapstick comedies, crazy videos and funny memes. We all have our preferences when it comes to what make us laugh.
There are also ways to improve our introspection of what is funny. Looking at certain situations with a dose of humor can help us rationalize when everything seems to be blowing up in our face. We can make humor part of our stress relief package when dealing with challenges, adding a tool to our life- coping skills. With experience and maturity we learn not to overreact, to gather our thoughts and look for the optimistic, lighter side.
Studies over the years have been proving the mind and body connection. We stay healthier, heal faster, learn better and enhance our spiritual awareness when we feel good. Our souls thrive on the positive feelings and outlooks we create and share with others. Humor allows us to open new doors, forge new friendships and find our light. We come alive inside when we have the ability to see the funny side of life on Earth. The healing power of humor is life-changing and life-saving.
“Laughing At Your Own Mistakes Can Lengthen Your Life.” – Shakespeare
About the Author:
Judi Lynch is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, healing channel and author. She is president of the Crystal Healing Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) spiritual charity and writer for OM Times Magazine. She has authored two books, Friends with Lights and Conscious Ascension and has read for clients all over the world. To learn more or contact for a session see judilynch.com
Article description: Humor allows us to open new doors, forge new friendships and find our light. We come alive inside when we have the ability to see the funny side of life on Earth.