Healthy Weight Loss Tips: Laughter Is the Best Medicine

by Marsha Hudnall

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Smile though your heart is aching;
Smile even though it’s breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

 

If we keep smiling, we’re the better for it.

These lyrics of that wonderful old Nat King Cole song, later re-recorded by his daughter Natalie, say it all.

If we can take the next step and actually laugh, well, it’s like strength-training for body and soul!

Laughter helps:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce depression
  • Boost immunity
  • Increase feelings of relaxation — laughter provides physical and emotional release
  • Reduce stress – levels of stress hormones actually fall
  • Increase energy
  • Increase feelings of well-being – laughter raises levels of feel-good hormones like endorphins
  • Make you more attractive – yes, happy people appeal to others
  • Increase your joie de vivre

Healthy Weight Loss Tip #1:

  • Find the Funny Things in Life

For women who struggle with healthy eating and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, humor also offers power, according to Josie Leavitt, stand-up comedian and star of our ‘Just Humor Me’ special weeks at Green Mountain at Fox Run. “We can create humor where once we felt pain or embarrassment. If we can the humor in situations, they become less tense and that can only be a good thing.”

Josie also offers advice on how to find your inner comedian. “Give yourself permission to laugh at everything. Nothing is sacred. Remember that the things you struggle with are what are funny. I always tell my students, ‘If you had a great day, keep it to yourself. A day from hell, now that’s funny.”

Consider frequenting comedy clubs to not only have a few good belly laughs (go with friends to make it even more fun), but also study how the pros do it. Tune into television comedies – even the re-runs of old shows can keep us laughing. Don’t forget new and old funny movies — there whenever we need a good giggle.

Finally, there’s truth in the old saying to ‘fake it until you make it.’ Like Nat King Cole’s song, just pasting that smile on your face, or forcing a chuckle, can actually have positive effects whether you really mean it or not. And once you do it, you might find you really do mean it.

Josie says laughter is the best medicine - a different weight loss tipJust Humor Me’ Week

Green Mountain periodically hosts “Just Humor Me” weeks where interested participants are coached in stand-up comedy, joke writing, and ways to use humor in various situations. You’ll learn how to live on the funny side of life and be the healthier for it! The week complements our usual program featuring healthy weight loss tips and strategies. Watch our website for future humor weeks.

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