I am a big fan of comedians. Notice how many comics these days are being cancelled due to politically incorrect material? Listen, if they shut the comedians down, we are doomed! Humorists have a lifetime hall pass as far as free speech is concerned. Comics are the "canaries in the coal mine". Life is filled with tragedy and suffering. Laughing out loud lightens your load. It is proven that the act of curling your mouth into a smile positively influences your body chemistry. This could be a great argument for “acting as if”.
There is also the fact that, historically, the closest person to the King was the Jester, because the Jester was the only one who would tell him the truth. This was invaluable to the King. Funny to think the person one step down from the ruler is the clown! That makes me smile…
Here is a list of actual benefits we get from laughing...
- Boosts immunity
- Ab work
- Healthy heart
- Stress reliever
- Clears the mind
- Pain killer - endorphins
- Calorie burner
- Lowers blood pressure
- Eases depression
- Helps with memory loss
- Improves function of blood vessels
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps you through tough times
I've also heard that the meetings are the medicine. That is definitely true, especially when you are new. Which reminds me, one of my favorite experiences as a new person in recovery, was when my sponsor gave me a God Box. If you would like to know the story behind it, go to "God Box" under products.