• Barbara Clayton Price


Day 51

A man walks into a bar ...

I read the New York times and Washington Post, before I got out of bed. When I came downstairs for my morning coffee, I mentioned to my daughter, about a subversive group I'd read about. She said something that changed my thoughts for the day. She said, "if that's the way you want to start your day, that's fine, but I don't want to start mine with negative information". It was a figurative slap in the face, and it woke me up, physically and mentally.

I don't want, to start out my day that way either, but I do want to stay informed. She also shared, there were mostly sensational, negative news articles out there right now, in addition to important news. She was correct again and I took heed. I decided at that moment, my blog today would be about how laughter is so great for us. Reading a little news is good, but reading bad news before getting out of bed, is NOT the way to start ones day.

Did you know that laughter can boost your immune system? It decreases stress hormones, increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. What better time to improve your resistance to disease, than in the middle of a pandemic. The picture above is of my best friend and I trying to take a selfie. I still remember how hard we were laughing, and it makes me laugh again, just looking at it here.

Laughter protects the heart by increasing the blood flow, which can help fight heart attacks. I've read that it can even help you live longer. Laughter releases endorphins, that promote a wonderful sense of well-being. All really good things.

We've been watching funny television shows and stand-up comics, at my house. Yesterday, we listened to a podcast, by a hilarious comic and laughed like crazy. Laughing at yourself is always good too. Not taking yourself too seriously, is a good way to go through life. My adult grandsons think I'm hysterical, and I'm not trying to be funny.

Today, let's all take my daughter's advice, checking once a day for important updates, and not checking again that day. Stay away from the bad news, and try to bring a little laughter into your day. It's so good for you in body, mind and spirit.

Be safe and remember that this won't last forever.

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