January 23, 2009

Have a Belly Laugh!

I live between the Dominican Republic and Canada and right now I am in Canada working and to be completely honest, the frigid and grey weather is really getting to me!

So, when my partner (who is in the Dominican) told me that he was going to the beach today, I broke out in tears! I wanted to go to the beach today too :)
I knew my response was ridiculous and childish - so almost immediately, amidst my tears, I started to laugh and laugh. I had a real belly laugh and WOW did it feel great!

Little did I know the many benefits of laughter: reduced stress, boosting of the immune system and even is a form of exercise of your internal organs!

From the same article, according to German Psychologist - Michael Titze, "In the 1950's people used to laugh 18 minutes a-day; but today we laugh not more than 6 minutes per day despite the huge increase in the standard of living." AND children laugh 300 to 400 times a day, but adults do not laugh more that fifteen times a day. What?!?!

So, it is obvious we need to lighten up and laugh more. If you love dogs, like I do, this picture will really crack you up! :)

Wishing you a wonderful Belly Laughing Day!!

Kelly McIntyre M.Sc.

1 comment:

cinderkeys said...

The thing that makes me grin is the image of these researchers following people around with a stopwatch and meticulously jotting down how long they laughed. :)