by Judy Ann Davis
Happy New Year to all!According to a calendar of events for yearly celebrations, January 24th is Global Belly Laughing Day. This special holiday was created in 2005 by Elaine Helle, a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, from Lake Oswego, Oregon. It was first celebrated on January 24, 2006.
There are four goals according to the author of this special day:
- To celebrate and remember past laughter.
- To do it in public with others and connect via laughing.
- To remember the importance of laughs and smiles.
- To gain the health benefits of smiling and laughing. Laughter is the best medicine.
I will also
add: When we laugh, we ease stress and
anxiety, boost the immune system, improve mood, support heart health, burn
calories, and even relieve pain.
When I taught career development to adult students, single parents, and displaced homemakers in a program called New Choices, young people often asked me what was the secret to my long marriage. I used to laugh and tell them: “Never say what you’re thinking when you’re angry.” Then, I’d add that both my husband and I are very polite to each other, appreciate each other—and often laugh a lot, even over the smallest things like a shared joke, cartoon, turn of a phrase, even a stupid thing one of us has done or a crazy antic of a grandchild.
|HY Hintermeister 1897-1972
think if we could get people in our nation and in the world to enjoy a good
belly laugh together, there might be more hope for better understanding among everyone
To celebrate this special day, I leave you with two jokes about writers:
1—What do you get when you cross a writer with a deadline? A really clean house.
2—Why do writers feel chilly? They’re surrounded by drafts.
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