Laughter… really the best Medicine

What medicine works fast, cures the blues, lowers blood pressure and much more?
What medicine can be found anywhere, can be shared with friends- you actually want to it to be addicting- and it’s totally free?

Share a joke with your friends. If you hear laughter, ask whats so funny. Laughter is contagious. It brings people closer together, lightens up a too serious moment and makes us feel good. But it’s more than that.
Laughter is a powerful medicine that comes with many health benefits. It’s good for your heart, gives your body a healthy workout, improves brain function and is a great stress buster.

At the company I work for, we often talk about Stress reduction. Studies have shown that laughter is one of the best stress reducers we know of.
What a better stress buster than a good hearty laugh.

Here are some other stress busters (we can all use them this time of year)
1. Stare at people through the lines of a fork and pretend they are in jail.

2. Count how many minutes it takes to stare at the phone before it rings. This one does not work at my house.. they phone does not stop ringing.
3. Bill your Doctor for the time spent in the waiting room.
4. Write a message to your doctor on your hip so he can see it during the next exam.

A study from the Center of Preventative Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that laughter may help prevent heart disease. In the study, participants with heart disease were less likely to laugh at something funny, or even embarrassing. Living a life with less laughter apparently has its consequences. While it is not yet known exactly how laughter protects the heart, studies have connected mental stress to increased chances of fat and cholesterol build up.

Laughter has also been linked to lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. After a good laugh, you tend to breathe more deeply and send oxygen rich blood throughout your body.
The best part is you will experience a state of relaxation, which can help you get a good nights sleep… All stress reducers.

So whats this got to do with Scouting. First. There should be no stress in Scouting. It’s a game with a purpose. Second. Laughter is a part of Scouting. He who tells you otherwise forgot about the Cheerful part of the Law.

To keep my self Physically Strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Well.. you can do this with Laughter!

Have a Great Scouting Day!

One comment

  1. We’re always laughing at what we as Leaders do and say and better yet the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts crack us and each other up!If we’re not having fun and a laugh, we’re in the wrong job! 🙂


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