If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that every day I post a #DailyGiggle. Most days it is either a silly photo or video from various sites. The only requirement I have for choosing one is that it has to make me laugh out loud. Whether hysterical laughter, or just a little chuckle, it has to initiate a reaction from me. And for videos, I try to keep it under five minutes in the interest of people at work who might be checking it out. I pick a new item every day and usually put in some time searching. If I’m lucky, something that I recall that has made me laugh in the past pops into my head and I just go find it.
Who is reading these tweets? Let’s do the math. I have less than 300 followers and I’m pretty sure that about 100 of them are bots, businesses or people that don’t even read my tweets. Still, that leaves about 100 or so that might read them. Even if only half of those people see the #DailyGiggle, that could be 50 people that I have made laugh. To me, that is an extremely successful day.
Why do I post these tweets? I’ve come to find that if you make it a point to get some laughter each day, you can make a difference in the way stress affects you. Being happy doesn’t just come naturally. You have to help it, nurture it and encourage it to be able to keep it. It may seem like hard work, but you’ll find that when it comes to making yourself happy, it doesn’t feel like work.
Still not convinced? Let me list a few of the health benefits of laughter for you:
- Relieves physical tension
- Decreases stress hormones
- Increases immune cells & infection fighting antibodies
- Improves blood vessel function & increases blood flow
- Decreases pain
- Eases anxiety
- Increases energy
The list goes on and on. A good laugh may give you temporary benefit, but when you are laughing regularly you could see some real long term advantages. The improved blood vessel function and better blood flow can protect you from heart attack. Relieving anxiety can help you avoid stress related illnesses such as anxiety attacks and stomach ulcers. Taking care of your body can be difficult for people on the go. We don’t always eat right and exercise. However, it’s still important to do what you can to keep your health in check. Better health means less trips to the doctor. That means less doctor bills to pay and one less stress to worry about.
I’ve been on quite a journey in this past year and the most important lesson I’m learning is that happiness is easy to come by when you are looking for it. And with this lesson, I hope the spread around the joy a little. I feel like if I can be this happy, more people should feel this way, too. So, if you’re on Twitter, look for me and my #DailyGiggle hashtag. For those of you that follow me already, I hope you enjoy the giggles. And for those of you that retweet them, thanks for spreading around a few laughs!
Whether you are or aren’t on Twitter, please, do what you can to get some laughs every single day. The more you laugh, the more you’ll see what a difference it can make.