Welcome to week 9. This week is about LAUGHTER.
Did you know that while you are in the process of laughing, all your worries during that moment are no longer there? It is not possible to laugh and worry at the same time.
“Laughter is clinically proven to have a powerful and positive effect on physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing. It heals and renews the human body and mind, and nothing works faster or more dependably to bring the mind and body back into balance.
Laughter is clinically proven to:
- Boost the immune system. Laughing improves the body’s natural defense mechanism by increasing the amount of immunoglobulin’s and T cell’s in the body.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease. Laughing expands the inner walls of the arteries which increases the ability of blood to flow around the body, and, this positive effect lasts for up to 45 minutes after the laughter has stopped.
- Decrease stress. Laughing instantly reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine, and increases the production of serotonin and endorphins which reduce effects of stress.
- Can assist as a mild anti-depressant. Laughter boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Laughter also works as an effective distraction from things that cause anxiety and anger.
- Reduce blood pressure. When you laugh, the blood flow increases, circulation improves and your blood pressure rises. When you stop laughing, your blood pressure drops back to its baseline. This relaxing effect helps to lower your baseline blood pressure.
- Is a natural painkiller. There are a number of studies which validate the pain relieving effects of laughter. Studies show that watching comedy films assists both children and adults to tolerate pain more easily.
- Massage the abdominal organs. Belly laughing effectively ‘massages’ the abdominal organs. The blood flow to these organs is increased and their functioning is improved.
- Help keep diabetes under control. A recent study showed that people who watched a funny video after meal had lower blood sugar levels than those who watched a serious film. It could be that laughter affects the neuroendocrine system, which monitors the body´s glucose levels, or it may be the effect of energy used by the stomach muscles.
- Make you look younger. As many as 15 facial muscles work together to help you smile and laugh. This increases the blood flow around the face, bringing the circulation into even the smallest of capillaries which, in turn, helps to make you look younger and healthier.
- Re-energize the mind and body. Laughing forces air out of lungs, and causes us to take deep inward breaths, increasing the flow of oxygen right around the body.
- Build resilience. The ability to laugh, or at least smile, when times get tough, is the best way to reduce stress and anxiety. While a little stress actually helps to motivate us into action and to focus on the problem, laughter helps us to focus on the solution and achieve more productive outcomes.
- Aid with sleep. Having a good laugh prior to sleep reduces stress and anxiety, promoting deep, restful sleep. Laughter also provides a mild aerobic workout, which, not only energizes you in the short term, but also helps you to sleep better.
- Bond us to others. Laughter causes the release of oxytocin. Often called the empathy hormone, oxytocin helps bond individuals and groups together. A little laughter is great for building great teams, be they in the community or at work.
- Is contagious. Laughing not only lifts our spirits but also the spirit of those around us. Happy people lift the spirit of those around them. Remember, a smile or laugh shared is a smile or laugh doubled.”
Above text from www.letslaugh.com.au
This week I challenge you to find the funniest joke you can find or the funniest picture and show someone. Spread the laughter.
If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at email@example.com.
For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.
Wanting to know more about Colour Me Positive Challenge visit, The Introduction Post.
Week 7 Challenge Prize:
This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the lucky winner from Lulu Art Store.
I will draw a random name on Friday 10th March from those who have uploaded into the Week 9 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.
Week 7 Prize Draw:
Today’s lucky winner is Wendy Demaine. What a gorgeous and bright journal page. Congratulations.
My Design team have been hard at work preparing content for you to enjoy. Click the link below to view their hard work.
Many items are arriving regularly at Lulu Art Store, but here are a couple of new items below. Visit the store to see more.
Prima Marketing – Julie Nutting Large Watercolour Tags. These are a great size and hello!…….they’re made from watercolour paper. How perfect?!
My Prima mini binder clips – Rose Gold. Love these. I’ve already opened up a pack of these to hold my art journal open while I’m using it. They are soooooooo much nicer than the old black and silver bulldog clips, don’t you think.
Get organised with this Traveler’s Journal/Planner in Stunning Fuchsia by Color Crush
Shopping from outside of Australia.
If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.
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