We could be excused for thinking that there's not much to laugh about these days. Life certainly isn't a laugh a minute. But research tells us that although adults rarely laugh for more than a few moments a day at best, children are quite different. Apparently children laugh on average around 400 times per day, and that's about a laugh every two minutes in a normal waking day! Not bad!
Laughing is such a great therapy, often described as jogging for the insides. It's the greatest stress buster and it's not even available on the NHS. Well that's not quite true, as it happens Laughter Clinics are available on the NHS because it's recognised as being so important for good health. But do we need to go to a clinic to laugh? Maybe. But maybe not. Even if we just manufacture a laugh, our body chemistry reacts to create endorphins that make us happy.....ad then we'll be laughing naturally.
But why bother? After all, as evolved humans it's been scientifically explained that it's in our nature to look for problems; it's part of our survival mechanism, and thus we 'enjoy' such programmes as the predominantly 'bad news' laden News. Laughter makes us happy, and when we're happy we laugh. Happiness also creates health, and if we're short on health, then laughing can help make us better. It's certainly picks us up. When we're happy we're up, and when we're sad, we're down. This is reflected in our posture, and ultimately affects our whole outlook in life.
So there's another thing we can learn from our children. Don't watch the News unless you really enjoy being down, and make sure you have a laugh every minute...or two.