In lieu of the terrible tragedy
of a Wal-Mart worker getting trampled to death by a mob of shoppers, I thought it only fitting that I would steer away from
the diet and workouts and talk about something everybody posses that can dramatically improve your health.
I love this short article written by Joseph
Wirthland an LDS Christian scholar
The first thing we can do is learn
to laugh. Have you ever seen an angry driver who, when someone else makes a mistake, reacts as though that person has insulted
his honor, his family, his dog, and his ancestors all the way back to Adam? Or have you had an encounter with an overhanging
cupboard door left open at the wrong place and the wrong time which has been cursed, condemned, and avenged by a sore-headed
There is an antidote for times such as these: learn
I remember loading up our children in a station wagon
and driving to Los Angeles. There were at least nine of us in the car, and we would invariably get lost. Instead of getting
angry, we laughed. Every time we made a wrong turn, we laughed harder.
Getting lost was not an unusual occurrence for us. Once while heading south to Cedar City, Utah, we took a wrong
turn and didn’t realize it until two hours later when we saw the “Welcome to Nevada” signs. We didn’t
get angry. We laughed, and as a result, anger and resentment rarely resulted. Our laughter created cherished memories for
I remember when one of our daughters went on a blind date.
She was all dressed up and waiting for her date to arrive when the doorbell rang. In walked a man who seemed a little old,
but she tried to be polite. She introduced him to me and my wife and the other children; then she put on her coat and went
out the door. We watched as she got into the car, but the car didn’t move. Eventually our daughter got out of the car
and, red faced, ran back into the house. The man that she thought was her blind date had actually come to pick up another
of our daughters who had agreed to be a babysitter for him and his wife.
We all had a good laugh over that. In fact, we couldn’t stop laughing. Later, when our daughter’s real
blind date showed up, I couldn’t come out to meet him because I was still in the kitchen laughing. Now I realize that
our daughter could have felt humiliated and embarrassed. But she laughed with us, and as a result, we still laugh about it
The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try
to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.
Studies show the following benefits from laughter
Your immune system takes a beating when you allow negative thoughts to go unchecked. These thoughts manifest
into chemical reactions that bring unwanted stress that lowers your immunity
· Positive thoughts
on the other hand produce neuropeptides that relieve stress
· Laughter releases natural pain
killers in your body
Laughter stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the feel good hormones called endorphins
Okay I lied just a little bit; I couldn’t get away from the fitness
stuff sorry! Laughter can actually be considered a great way to workout your abs.......this is classic