Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine
Laughter suddenly ricochets through the coffee shop; yes the girls are having a well overdue catch up. I sit with some of my girlfriends after we have just done school drop off and I’m feeling happy and relaxed.
We talk about nothing in particular as we sip our half strength, lactose free latte or macchiato or skinny cappuccinos or long blacks with a little milk on the side and wonder who the heck ordered the flat white – oh course it was Robyn. Our conversations are pretty normal for women, we chat about Kym’s foster dogs she has been looking after and have now found homes for them. Why Trina has decided to go a year without buying any new clothes. I know right, a whole year (she can buy new nickers and bras though, just in case a new man comes on the radar, phew), Kylie has settled into their new home and of course politics. After solving the problems of the world and speculating on what Donald Trump may do next, it was time to go home and actually get some serious work done.
As I was driving, home I remembered an article I had read a few months ago from Beyond Blue. The article was saying that laughter is known to have many positive physiological effects including muscle relaxation, reduction of hormones associated with the stress response, positive immune system changes and pain reduction, as well as being a great cardiovascular workout. Laughter and humour are seen as so important in maintaining and improving health that many hospitals now employ clowns to brighten the days of patients, and laughter clubs have sprung up all around the world modelled on the laughter yoga sessions devised by Indian physician, Dr Madan Kataria.
I honestly can’t see us girls doing a yoga session, but I did see the other day there is a new fad going around of drinking beer while doing yoga. If there was champagne involved, I think you would see us ladies toddling along though. Of course I would be telling my husband I was going there to improve my health!
I do whole heartily agree though with the Beyond Blue article, because when I was going through some dark times a few years ago, when I would catch up with my friends, my spirits would instantly be lifted and I knew I would be able to cope with another day.
A smile and making someone laugh doesn’t cost anything, but it can mean the world to the person receiving it.