I am not amused, but I’d like to be: Laughter

Fact: The average person laughs 10-15 times a day.
I was reading a collection of random facts this morning and stumbled upon this one. It actually made me pause and think. My first thought was: that can’t be right. So I did a search to find it “confirmed” by many sources… you know, b/c the internet is the supreme ruler of indisputably reliable information =P
My next thought was: Clearly I am not average. But I knew that. I’m guessing you probably knew that too. I’m sure I’ve had days where I’ve laughed that much, but on average? Definitely not.  I consider it a miracle if I laugh even once during the day. Happily it’s been a little more frequent as of late since I started hanging out with my coworkers more, but even then, 10-15 times per day? I wish!
Things I do 10-15 times per day:
Berate myself for the way my body looks.
Daydream about my current crush.
Feel a stab of jealousy or resentment.
Check my blogger stats (It’s a compulsion, you know you do it too)
Tell my cat I love him (You would too, he’s the bestest fuzzlove ever).
Make wishes that will never come true.
Check my appointment calendar to make sure I’m not late for anything.
You get the point. See? None, of those things is laughing. ::grumpyface::
And I wonder: Is it because of my depression that I don’t laugh so much? Or that I don’t laugh so much that contributes to the severity of my depression? Is this an intrinsic part of my borderline personality disorder? Or something that just exacerbates it? Do I just not have enough amusing influences in my life? Or am I predisposed to finding things less amusing?
Curiouser and curiouser.
Laughter is good for your physical health and mental health.
  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
  • Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  • Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:
  • Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
  • Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
  • Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
  • Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.
Laughter might really be the best medicine. It makes me a little sad. And envious. I love to laugh. I would love to be one of those people that laughs that much. I think all our lives would improve a little if we were able to add a little more laughter to them.

9 comments on “I am not amused, but I’d like to be: Laughter

  1. Laughter is important for sure! I am fortunate enough to be one of those who ends up laughing a lot, and I think the reason is simply because I interact with people all day, at my job and at home, and I feel like you can't chat with people for more than 5 minutes without something funny coming up, and having at least a chuckle, right?Try to surround yourself with spirited people, and to roll with whatever silly idea pops in to your head!

  2. Surrounding myself with people definitely helps. The type of people really make a difference too. I'm trying to introduce healthier relationships and people into my life in order to make that more possible. Good advice for sure!

  3. Failing that, get an item of underwear, play the most up beat tunes you have, really loud, then dance around like a lunatic waving your underwear above your head. Watch yourself in the mirror while you do this.I guarantee this will make you smile and probably laugh. Don't ask me how I know this… But please try it. Trust me.

  4. I don't think I've laughed that many times in the last six months let alone in one day. I use to laugh someone in my mind I remember a funny me but I seem to have misplaced that person.

  5. @Miss Teacher… Dance around. With underwear? ::laughs:: Even the mental image of me doing that is chuckle worthy. Of course now I'm totally curious as to how you know this =)@Maasiyat… I know exactly, exactly what that feels like. I've been there so many times. After high school I completely secluded myself for 6, 7, 8 months at a time… when I was with Evil-Ex there was nothing funny about my life…. but that doesn't mean it can't get there some day. I hope one day soon you find yourself in a better place where you can laugh again.

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