Posted by Phoenix West Rotary "West Side Story"
We know from living through 2020 that life is not always funny.  Resolve to Laugh more in 2021. Heck, some of us should probably be laughing when we look in the mirror in the morning!
Laughter Makes Us Healthier: Laughing lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormones. It increases the circulation of antibodies in the bloodstream and makes us more resistant to infection.
Laughter Touches Our Soul: Laughter brings us closer to each other and provides a moment of grace. It occurs spontaneously and unexpectedly and catches us by surprise.
Laughter Keeps Things in Perspective: Laughter helps us transcend ourselves. Too often we take ourselves too seriously. The next time you're in the middle of an argument, start laughing in the jovial sense of being in on a good joke. Anger should begin to melt away and you can find more creative ways to handle things.
Laughter Helps Us Stay Positive: Laughter can be an important tool for keeping our troubles in proportion, for realizing that things aren't always as bad as we think they are. Laughter helps create positive emotions and helps us find frame of mind in which we can more easily cope with the struggles of life. Laughter eases tension and sharpens our ability to concentrate. Laughter is a lot like changing a baby's diaper. It doesn't permanently solve and problems but it makes things a lot more acceptable for a while.
Children are said to laugh on average 200 times a day and adults only 26 times a day. At least that was the case prior to the pandemic. How many times a day do you experience the joy of laughter? If we want to be happier, healthier, and more productive, we seriously need to make time to laugh. Start looking for more reasons to laugh today. Make laughing one of your resolutions for 2021!