What is your call to action? How will you live a life of faith?
During the summer months, we’re featuring a post called “I Will.” What’s one thing you can do to make the world a better place?
I Will…Laugh. A lot.
How much do you laugh? According to Psychology Today, the average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day. The average 40-year-old laughs only four times a day.
A recent study examined a group of adults in their 60s and 70s. They were measuring their short-term memory and stress levels. One group was asked to sit silently and read. The other group watched humorous videos.
After 20 minutes, each person gave a saliva sample and took a short memory test. The “humor group” performed significantly better when it came to memory recall. Participants who viewed the funny videos had much higher improvement in recall abilities, 43.6% vs. 20.3 % in the non-humor group.
Research has shown laughter may reduce stress hormones and boost your immune function. Laughter has demonstrated a wealth of physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. In fact, many health care facilities are using “laugh therapy” as part of their care.
God has given us so much on this Earth to make us happy. Let’s share some of that happiness with others in our lives.
So…what will you laugh at today?