Aging with humor beats the alternative! It is a powerful anti-aging technique, good for your health and it makes life more fun and enjoyable.
It gives you the opportunity to enjoy things that were only a dream when you were locked in the daily work pattern. There are so many things you can enjoy now, such as grandchildren, long walks, nature, hobbies, getting together with friends over a coffee, or keeping up with family and friends on the Internet.
Then there is travel, doing things you always wanted to do, but never had the time to do.
Aging with Humor health benefits
Then there is the health aspect of aging with humor. Society tends to regard humor as frivolous, however, few activities are as mentally stimulating as humor.
Humor helps you to develop perspective and stimulates the immune system. It prevents you from taking yourself too seriously.
Research shows that only 30% of longevity is genetic. You can control 70% with your mind as to how you think. With your body, as to how you keep yourself in shape with the lifestyle you choose to live by.
Attitudes, such as optimism, gratitude for what is good in your life, a sense of purpose, and embracing life-long learning.
Coping skills, such as dealing well with change, loss of health, loss of spouse, child ( see my 'About me' webpage ), forming new and renewing relationships.
Appreciating humor can keep you mentally fit and add fun and enjoyment to your life. It is also a great stress reliever.
Learn to relax! Stress is one of the most harmful factors with trespect to aging.
Studies found that log-term stress can have a negative effect on our health. Feeling anxious, angry, or always negative, affect our immune system.
Linda Loma University researchers found that even anticipating a good laugh can produce health protecting hormones. Endorphins increased 27% and HGH ( an ant-aging hormone ) increased as much as 87% when people even just thought about watching a funny movie or video.
Laughter, including anticipated laughter, improves your health, boosts your energy, and without question improves your outlook on life.
Laughter is part of our genetic make-up. Babies start laughing spontaneously without coaching at a very early age.
We can stimulate laughter by viewing funny movies or videos, reading a funny book, reading a joke on the Internet, however, it has been proven that most of our humor and laughter comes from the silly things we think, hear, or share with others.
When we laugh, negative emotions are pushed away. It is impossible to be stressed and to laugh at the same time.
Laughter stimulates heart and blood circulation, improves lung capacity, exercises facial and abdominal muscles. Laughter can be done anywhere, at any time ( with a few exceptions ), regardless of age, or level of fitness.
Reasons to laugh
<li>It reduces stress</li>
<li>It is an anti-aging tool</li>
<li>It helps us sleep better</li>
<li>It improves lung capacity and blodd oxygen levels</li>
<li>It is contagious - it will extend to the people around you</li>