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.