The Power of a Good Laugh

I admit it. I’m being a lazy blogger. I should be linking to all the research that confirms what I’m about to say but I don’t feel like it. I also think you are aware of the benefits anyway (justifying my laziness).  This past weekend I hosted a comedy/magic benefit to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. I chose this type of venue on purpose. You see, laughter boosts your immune system and helps facilitates healing.

One of the best ways to prevent a whole variety of nasty diseases is to stimulate your lymphatic system. Since it doesn’t have a pump of its own like your heart, it relies on you moving your body to get it flowing. This can be accomplished through exercise, deep breathing and laughter. I figured I’d have a better chance of raising funds by telling people they could sit on their butts, sip a drink and laugh instead of sweating for some specified distance. Turns out I was right!

Now don’t get me wrong, you absolutely need to be engaging in deep breathing and regular exercise. However, I’m a firm believer in there is a time and a place for everything – this was neither the time nor place, but boy oh boy was there laughter!

The event was so successful that we were able to donate over 120 books to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in the area with the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force being a primary beneficiary.  So I want to thank all those who attended and introduce the rest of you to a wonderful entertainer Brian Kirshenbaum.

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5 Responses to The Power of a Good Laugh

  • Kristyn Friske says:

    Sorry I missed the event. Glad to hear it was a success and that 120 women will benefit from your book!

  • Delilah says:

    I’m a caregiver to my dear friend, diagnosed stage IV ovarian cancer which has spread to multiple organs. She has one of the greatest integrative medicine doctors and one of the things she promotes is “Laughing Yoga” for all the reasons you stated in your post! Sometimes our patient doesn’t feel like laughing, but even hearing others laughing together brings a smile, then joining in on the laugh.

    Her cancer battle is a public one as she is a public figure. Perhaps you could leave an encouraging word on her blog:

  • Jan Baird says:

    I love the healing power of laughter on the soul and lymphatic system. I don’t hear lymphedema therapists telling us to do belly laughs, but maybe that’s the best exercise we could do to move that fluid along. A common joke I make to audiences is that the study of humor is called “gelotology”. That word in itself makes me laugh, makes me think of a bowl full of jello bobbing up and down like Santa’s tummy. Kudos to you. xx

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