Saturday, August 29, 2015

Does LOL Make You Feel Better?

Who hasn’t turned first to “Laughter is the Best Medicine” or “Humor in Uniform” in Reader’s Digest? Well, perhaps not so much the younger generation. Even before research was ever done on humor, we knew that laughter makes us feel good inside.

Research has revealed that a good guffaw increases oxygen intake and blood flow while relieving stress. Watching something humorous may help you better tolerate the pain in your humerus--or pain any other place in your body. A gaggle of giggles may cause the release of endorphins, those brain chemicals that make you feel good. It can even boost your immune system.

The naysayers don’t believe there is necessarily conclusive evidence, since it’s hard not to create a biased study and include all the right parameters. But let’s face it, watching a comedy or reading humorous writing just makes you feel better and can give you a lift for the day.

There are so many things in this world: violence, poverty, illness, and daily tragedies we are bombarded with through the media. If we are alive and breathing we will each face difficulties in our lives—if not today, then someday.

In God’s own word, Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” We can only focus on the sad and seemingly hopeless situations in our lives for so long. The Lord gave us the capacity for humor, for sharing smiles, and for good rollicking laughter with it’s healing touch.

Lilybits says, "I am not amused!"
Sometimes just the irony of a situation is enough to present us with a way to look at it humorously.  Stepping back from our difficulties and looking at the blessings in life can give us that glimpse of hope we desperately need. Seeing the funny side of life helps us look at the world differently. That's why Lilybits and I like to focus on “The good, the cat, and the inspiring.” We would love to know that our blog makes you smile or, perhaps, LOL each time you stop by. And we trust you will forgive us for an occasional overdose of
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  1. Laughing out loud is one of the many reasons why I love watching old TV sitcoms (I Love Lucy, Gilligans's Island, and others from the 70s and early 80s--when programs were more innocent and not focused on what should remain behind the closed bedroom door, in my opinion!)--they make me relax and laugh.

    You're doing a great job, Lilybits and Kathy, on reaching out to the hearts of us serious-minded humans.

  2. I know what you mean, Elaine! Lilybits and I thank you for the support.
    We're so happy to bring a smile to your face whenever we can. :)

  3. What good be better in life than the good, the cat and the inspiring? Except maybe chocolate.

  4. Thank you, Lisa. That makes me smile. In fact, I happen to be indulging
    in chocolate at this moment. Glad you like our focus. :)