Nicki Anderson

If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands!

By Nicki On August 25, 2013 Under Aging Gracefully, Healthy Aging, Inspiration

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This past week I had a very dear friend come and spend a few days. The few days she was here were precious to me. There is truly no greater laughter than between two good friends that know each other so well.

I find that over the years, it is laughter that tends to direct me. Although life certainly has it’s share of tears to hand out, I take on what’s necessary and  rid myself of what is not. Laughter is welcome anytime, anywhere and never gets old. I believe without question that the secret to staying young and healthy comes from laughter.

According to Helpguide.org, laughter has many benefits:

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Just think, when you’re with family and friends enjoying one another’s company and having some great laughs, you’re also improving your health as well as the ones  you’re with. You get what you give!

I have heard people say, “No one is that happy all the time!” I have to disagree. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Each and everyday I choose to be happy.

I also choose to surround myself with people that share happiness and generously pass it on. There are certainly times where happiness in  my life takes a break, but it’s usually a serious life challenge or tragedy that removes my daily dose. However, even with tragedy come insight. With insight comes a sense of purpose and with that comes a better understanding and ultimately happiness.

When my friend and I spent two days together we reminded one another that the best part of hanging out is the great ab workout we get from laughing!  I’m grateful for friends and family that bring laughter so easily into my life. I’m grateful for the ability to choose happiness over sadness. With each new day brings an opportunity  to choose and I choose happiness. You?

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Here’s to never wishing for more time, rather making the most of it!

Nicki