I live in Florida, which means we have more than our fair share of hurricanes, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. It took me a couple of years to get used to it after living in the North East. Usually the tornado warning is for other parts of the county and that has made us complacent over the years. One Sunday we got a lot of rain accompanied by lightning (537 lightning strikes to be precise!)
I put the kids to bed and switched on the television. Almost all the channels were issuing tornado warnings. Panic gripped me when I saw my town was in the tornado’s path. It didn’t help that we lived on the topmost floor. It didn’t help that our bedrooms had many windows and that I was sitting in the living room facing a big French door.
The kids were asleep and I wasn’t sure if I should wake them up. What if they panicked? I just sat glued to the television, not sure what to do. My stomach started hurting and I was severely distressed. I couldn’t go to sleep until the storm had passed. So I sat there drinking in the nasty weather and the constant chatter of meteorologists predicting the worst. My stomach was really bothering me now and I wondered if I had ruptured something.
What if I had? How could we drive to the emergency in this crazy weather? I clutched my stomach and shut my eyes, expecting the worst. I thought of my children and said a silent prayer.
The storm continued to rage outside and I got sick of the news channel that kept extending the tornado warnings. So I started switching channels and I landed on Comedy Central where they were doing a special on Fluffy. If you haven’t heard of Fluffy it’s a shame! He has fans all over the world, from Australia to the Middle East. He is one funny stand-up comedian. Before long I was laughing myself silly. Two hours later I was still laughing so hard that my stomach stopped hurting. All the pent-up fear dissipated and I was so relaxed. And best of all the weather channel called off all warnings. I went to bed and slept like a baby.
Benefits of Laughter
Most symptoms and diseases in the body are caused by pent-up emotions. Laughter helps release the stress of the day and helps you sleep better. I highly recommend watching your favorite comedy before going to sleep. Ditch “Law and Order” and “Vampire Diaries” for something lighter. You’ll thank me later!
Laughter is healing. It healed me of my tummy troubles that stormy night. Don’t underestimate its power, for its known to even heal cancer. In the book, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, a woman diagnosed with breast cancer watched several comedy films a day. She literally laughed herself to recovery and remission.
Laughter breaks down walls of social awkwardness. If you can make someone laugh, you instantly feel a connection with them. It helps us release our inhibitions and be our authentic selves. Just spend some time with your kids today and you’ll see how easily they laugh!
As adults we laugh less number of times a day than children. Now that you know how good it is for you make sure you get your daily dose of laughter and laugh your cares away!