We were in a conference room, all eighty of us. I was presenting. All of us were laughing. I was laughing so hard it was difficult to breathe, much less talk.
What a wonderful memory. Even writing about it accesses positive feelings and inside pictures that offer delight right now.
Laughter is powerful. Laughter with (not at) can be a "game changer".
... and ...
we know that socially, laughter:
- creates warm memories
- creates social bonds
- gives permission to enjoy
- lightens the heart
- is infectious
- reminds us to enjoy life
- gives others messages that they are OK and safe
- releases endorphins which are natural pain killers
- neurologically soothes physical and emotional pain
- shifts heart rate
- is a cue in play that tells the social engagement system of the heart that the other is a safe person (Dr. Steven Porges, Polyvagal Theory)
- helps down-regulate flight/flight systems
- increases oxygen to organs (brain and body) and reduces responses to stress
- belly laugh
As July and August approach I am considering how I will
- bring laughter to life
- bring more laughter into my life
- bring joyous life to those around me.
Consider this "sentence frame" ...
This summer I will invite laughter by ___________________.