“Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.” – Norman Cousins
After presenting for two days last year in North Carolina
I found myself with the afternoon off with no car and the need to just be quiet after being around so many people nonstop. I checked my I Pad for messages and clicked on an Ellen Degeneres video someone had sent me on Facebook. For the next 3 hours I went from one clip to the next laughing out loud alone in my hotel room. No phone calls, no TV, just good, clean, laughter. It was a great winding down thing to do for myself.
Norman Cousins was the first person to coin the phrase, “internal jogging”
when he referred to laughing hard as he battled an illness using humorous clips to endure the pain. In his book, Anatomy of an Illness, as Perceived by the Patient, he credits the Marx Brothers and Candid Camera shows for giving him relief from the pain. His theory was that positive humor may initiate positive results and in fact documented his experience and is probably the most quoted author on the subject of humor and healing or at least humor and the relief of pain.
Find a funny UTube clip; animals and babies usually work pretty well. I have to admit I have a warped sense of humor from watching people fall, particularly while dancing at weddings. Must be a past trauma! You can’t stay blue if you find yourself laughing out loud. Check out this clip from Ellen.[efsflexvideo type=”youtube” url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j02n3yIp1ZI” allowfullscreen=”yes” widescreen=”yes” width=”420″ height=”315″/]