A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 36 (09-09-10)

Affirmation

I know God loves laughter

          Last week’s service was a fun-packed time. Scout Bartlett was entertaining, humorous and very spiritual in his talk. The fun continued to be expressed in our community enjoyment of fantastic soul soothing food and joyous merriment.

          Having spent some months doing stand-up in San Francisco: yep, your Rev. Boon was a comedian for a short stint, I realize how important it is for people to have laughter in their heads and hearts.

          And, most importantly laughing at yourself dissolves most of the depression, anxiety and craziness in your present life.

          Rev. Corky Whitacre has the most contagious laugh. If you haven’t heard it – get one of our Sunday Celebration CDs and hear for yourself. It will make you smile, giggle a bit and finally guffaw – without knowing what was funny. Or better yet – have her repeat a joke in a crowd. Because, the sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds our CCL family together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body.

Humor and laughter strengthen immune systems, boost energy, diminish pain, and protect from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

 “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”  Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, laugh relieves tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system.  It increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies; improving resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins; Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. One recent study from the University of Texas found those who chuckled while watching a comedy increased the dilation of blood vessels by one-fifth for up to 24 hours; when they watched a serious documentary, arteries actually constricted by 18%. “When you’re happy, your body releases feel-good neurochemicals, which can have numerous favorable effects on the body.” David Katz, MD, Yale University School of Medicine.

Laughter and humor help you stay emotionally healthy

Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. Laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. In the most difficult of times, a laugh– a smile–makes you feel better.

The link between laughter and mental health

Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy; enables you to stay focused and accomplish more.

Humor shifts perspective, allows you to see situations in a less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone

Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. Emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter and play adds joy, vitality, and resilience. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

 

Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:

Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.

Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.

Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.

Laughter is your birthright; Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Begin by setting aside times to seek out humor and laughter, as you might with working out, and build from there. Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into your life, in everything.

Here are some ways to start:

Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter – practice smiling.

Count your blessings. Make a list. Seeing good things in your life distances you from negative thoughts barrier to humor and laughter.

When you hear laughter, move toward it. Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it. When you hear laughter, seek it out and ask, “What’s funny?”

Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious. Join us at CCL for fun and spiritual joy!

FUNNIES, FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL PLEASURE

          Hebrew Lesson

At the Henry Street Hebrew School, the rabbi finished the

day’s lesson. It was now time for the usual question period.

“Rabbi,” asked little Melvin, “there’s something I need to

know.”

“What’s that, my child?” asked the rabbi.

“Well, according to the Scriptures, the Children of Israel

crossed the Red Sea, right?”       

“Right.”

“And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?”

“Again you are correct.”

“And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the

Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of

Israel were always doing something important, right?”

“All that is correct,” agreed the rabbi. “So what’s your

question?”

“What I need to know is this,” demanded Melvin. “What Were?

all the grown-ups doing?”

Submitted by Rev. Jan Ewers

            A burglar broke into a house one night. While shining his flashlight around him heard, “Jesus is watching you.”

          Scared – he waited a bit. He started removing wires from the electronics and again heard, “Jesus is watching you.”

          His flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. “Did you say that?”

          “Yep,” the parrot said. “Just trying to warn you” he squawked

            “Who do you think you are?” the burglar chided.

          “Moses,” replied the parrot.

          “Moses?” the burglar laughed. “What kind of people would name a bird Moses?

          “The same kind of people who would name a Rottweiler Jesus!”

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