A Joyful Noise!

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

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 10 pg 7 (02-17-11)

 

AFFIRMATION

I love to laugh at life and enjoy every minute of my existence

Humor in our Life

As I listen to one of Swami Beyondananda’s CDs – I realize how serious I have been and how much I have been missing laughter. What a JOY to smile, giggle, and laugh

“Levity helps us rise above whatever has been bringing us down.”

Swami Beyondananda

Have you laughed today? Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, is one of the best stress relievers around. When laughter is shared, it brings people closer together and increases everyone’s overall mood and health.

Laughter is so common a human experience; we forget how important it is in our life. Laughter stimulates the “feel good” chemicals in the brain, so you want to do it over and over. It has been found to alleviate depression, release stress, help your heart reduce pain, and help remove cancer cells. It is no coincidence that three of our best comedians, Bob Hope, Milton Berle and George Burns lived to be very old! Seeing the funny side of things keeps you alive!

Laughter is deeply wired in our evolution, predating language; with its origin in tickling and play-fighting. Maybe we laugh because we’re pleased we’re not actually getting beaten or killed. If so, we chalk that up as laughter’s first medical benefit. This is why kids want to keep playing silly games until parents can’t stand it any more. Laughter is “addictive” to the brain.

You can laugh yourself skinny! Laughter increases heart rate by 10 to 20 percent and burns about 1.3 calories per minute. Chuckle for 15 minutes every day for a year and you could drop up to four pounds – and that’s nothing to laugh at.

Laughter is exercise. Laughter is inner jogging. The heart rate and blood pressure go up while you’re laughing, but then they fall down below your baseline afterward, the same as with exercise. It has been found that it takes ten minutes on a treadmill or rowing machine to elevate your heart rate to the same level provided by a good belly laugh. So, to stay healthy go back to watching reruns of “Friends” or “I Love Lucy.”

Proverbs 17, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”

Jokes to help you laugh and enjoy life:

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?”
“Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.”
The child thought about this for a moment, then said, “So why is the groom wearing black?”
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Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, “My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper; he calls it a poem; they give him $50.”
The second boy says, “That’s nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper; he calls it a song and they give him $100.”
The third boy says, “I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper; he calls it a sermon and it takes eight people to collect all the money!”
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A police recruit was asked during the exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?”
He said, “Call for backup.

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When you’re not blonde and thin, you come up with a personality real quick.

Kathy Najimy in People

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There’s nothing better than a world where everybody’s just trying to make each other laugh.

Matthew Perry

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Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.

Dame Edna Everage

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The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that milk came out of his nose.

Garrison Keillor

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The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

President Ronald Reagan

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Consider the amazing possibility: You incarnated on this earth just to experience the joy of being alive. Do you even know what gives you joy? Do something about that today.

Caroline Myss

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