Laughter Is The Best Medicine – For More Joy Less Stress!

What Could You Do for Your Health Without Spending Money?

Laughter is the Best Medicine
Laughter is the Best Medicine

What if you had more joy, less stress and there is a way that would have a huge impact on your mental and physical health that you could do without spending any money – and have fun doing it?

Would you be interested?

Here are a few hints:

  • You can do it alone, but it is definitely more fun doing it with others.
  • It’s not usually done in our culture.
  • It’s something we used to do as a kid but probably don’t do it much now.

Any guesses?

It’s Laughter IS The Best Medicine!!

Decades of research on laughter have shown numerous benefits, including:

  • Reduction of stress hormones
  • Improved immune function
  • Reduction of pain
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Improved cardiovascular health

“Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.” ~ James H. West Click To Tweet ~ James H. West

I believe that laughter is right up there with sleep, exercise, and other forms of stress management as one of the most effective ways we can improve our health and extend our life.  One example that comes to mind is Norman Cousins book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient:  Reflections on Healing and Regeneration.  Cousins’s influential work Read More

Is Social Media and Technology Stressing You Out?

Social Media and Technology May Be Stressing You Out: Here are 5 Tips to Retrain Your Your Mind

It has only been a little more than the last decade since the launch Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Along with that came the iPhone, iPad, Pinterest and Instagram.  Since then social media and technology stress and technology has grown by leaps and bounds.

Survey findings suggest that more than eight in ten Americans are attached to their gadgets on a typical day (86 percent say they constantly or often check their emails, texts and social media accounts). Read More

Relaxing the Mind: Deep Breathing and Mindfulness Meditations

Mindfulness is a State of Being

Mindfulness is a state of only being aware of things in the present state.  Science has proven that a meditation practice can alleviate stress, decrease anxiety, reduce chronic pain, reduce insomnia, and possibly combat heart disease. But if you spend your life anticipating a bunch of stressful situations, you cannot relax your mind.  If you worry about things outside of your control, such as your past or your future can put your body in a stress response.

Meditation-Mindfulness
Meditation-Mindfulness

With that in mind, today we will go over how to make a habit of mindfulness and develop a new behavior into your life.  It’s simple:  When you start with a specific outcome, the easiest way to get there is to build a new habit to help you achieve your goal.  Here are some guidelines.

Relax the Mind

When you want to relax your mind, breathe deeply and fully.  Do not “think” about anything.  Just focus on your breathing; deep, full breaths.  You will allow nothing but your present state of being.  There are wonderful apps, (one of my favorites is CALM) MP3’s, CD’s and downloads for purchase to help you reach this relaxed state. Read More