The Best Exercise Ever!

We've all watched those commercials or videos where the kids are laughing uncontrollably. Don't we all join in or at least give a smile? Have you ever been out somewhere and someone starts to laugh and you find yourself joining in?

I've adopted a new policy that when something gets me down or I'm being confronted with a situation that I don't like, I smile. Sometimes it almost hurts to smile as I am so mad, but I do it anyway. Amazingly, it seems to change the whole situation for me..the tone of my voice changes and more importantly, the person I'm speaking with or typing to, changes their tone as well. Researchers say that laughing or smiling increases endorphins, the body's natural pain killers. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and improves ones sense of well-being. Now who couldn't use a little of those in our lives and guess what? You don't need a pill to get those...you just have to smile.

When was the last time you had a really good belly laugh? Trust me...give a smile or laugh today and see how much better everything seems!

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Divine Mrs D said…
I like that. Work makes me so mad at times, so I brought in a viking hat to wear when I get upset to train and lighten the situation. :) I'm also planning on bringing in crayons and a coloring book.
Kelly Muys Wood said…
I totally believe in this. Someone taught me in college, that if you ask for something really difficult, or are being confronted, if you smile at the other person, 9 out of 10 times they'll start smiling, too!

Kelly
http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com
Fresh said…
My mom always tell me this when I'm upset, and usually I get madder, lol.

This is a great idea, and good on 'ya for spreading the joy!

I saw a news story once about "laughing classes" or something like that. It's a bunch of people who start out just laughing at nothing, sort of forcing it, and eventually everyone ends up laughing for real. Sounds like a party to me. :-D
This is truly something we need to remind ourselves of...so thank you for reminding us (and I say that with a SMILE)
Barbara said…
Hmmm. My husband does this as his own natural gift. While it's charming, it can also be maddening when I really want to throw down with him!! But seriously, honey always does work better than vinegar, as my mother used to say. Oh, and I LOVE that picture of that smiling baby!! He's so little for such a genuine little smile! Babies are the best! Thanks for this post!!
living with tom and oliver, i get a billion belly laughs a day...always. it does make me feel great. thinking about it now...im smiling!:)
my son does this little exercise with me every so often. out of the blue he'll just smile at me and i automatically smile back. you can't help it. endorphins, they work! :)
also, when i need a good laugh, i go to youtube and search Japanese game shows, omg, they make me laugh so hard.
I love this post, it is so true! When my husband and I are in a serious argument, at some point one of us will smile, just to ease the tension. It doesn't always mean the argument is over, but we both start feeling a little better about things and just that little smile makes us remember why we love each other, despite any of our differences.
briannelee said…
That baby is so cute!
Delwyn said…
Oh Happy days Alicia

Happy days
Ooooh, that baby! So true. And so easy, we can all do this. Another is straighten your spine and "hold your head/chin up", you will feel stronger and more optimistic immediately.

I'm smiling. )))))))))))))
Diane said…
Good post. I feel like I have to remind myself to do that at times too, but smiling does change my attitude even if my heart is not initially in it. :O)
Britwife said…
I'm going to have to try this...although I am pretty stubborn when I am in a foul mood!
drollgirl said…
i really good laugh is pretty much the best!

sadly i know that sometimes i like getting really wound up (angry!), too. i need to find some balance with that. or exercise or something to get out my aggressions so that i can be more free to smile and laugh away the day! :)
Snap said…
Amen! Laughing and singing ... YEEEEHAAAA!
TheChicGeek said…
Great advice, Alicia. When we smile the whole world smiles with us...Smiling really is contagious!
Hugs!
Liss said…
I am always laughing. Even in freezing spring conditions with blistering southerly winds and rain. Sore feet from walking for more that 6 1/2 hours and a sore shoulder from carrying heavy camera equipment. I am laughing at me and my companion for being so silly and braving the weather and because eventually arriving back at the parking lot at 11pm never felt so good.

I can always find something to laugh at.
Renee Khan said…
I definitely need to laugh more.

xoxo
Oz Girl said…
I have always believed in the power of laughter and a smile. I love being with a big group of friends and laughing our heads off. My sister and I have gone to comedy clubs before, and we always agree, we should do this more often, it's so wonderful to laugh hysterically! :)
Alisa said…
You are so right! When my Farmboy and I are having a disagreement, all it takes is for one of us to smile and then it turns into laughter and all is good again.
Vicky said…
Even when you don't feel like it is such a good reminder :) We used a saying in my old profession "fake it till you make it." Which really embraced putting a smile on and then watching as your feelings and thoughts soon followed in that direction. I'm so glad you pointed out all of the research behind it :)
LENORENEVERMORE said…
In India, there's a group of people who meet every morning just to have laughing session! Should start one at work no?! whahaha...
Love this post! xo*
I needed to hear this great advice this month. I am generally a happy, smiling person but this month has put it to test at work. I do try to smile anyway but reading this convinced me to try harder because it hasn't been working as well since I acquired a new boss and new team at work - against my will. :) (see I said it with a smile!) LOL
Sarah said…
Yes Yes Yes..I do so love to laugh!!My hubby although socially a bit akward..at home is a hoot and a half!! He keeps me in stitches most of the day - looove that!! Great post hon!!
I am passing on a fun award to you tomorrow hon..so stop by and snag it...hugs, Sarah
kel said…
I totally agree!!!!
Amariah said…
I've read that laughing and being happy is healthy for you. I'm not a really smiley person but I do really like to laugh!
Chrisy said…
Sending a chuckle to you! That baby is just precious...
ellen abbott said…
During one season I took yoga classes with a specific instructor and every now and then she would have us laugh for one minute. At first it was always very forced but by the time the minute was up, we would all be laughing genuinely.
Hi, Alicia! Ahhh, just that picture alone gave me a huge smile and feeling of contentment. I love this post. I'm always trying to remember to look on the bright side, but you have such a practical suggestion here. Just smile! What can it hurt?

Thank you!
This is a fanTAStic reminder. It's so true - it really does make a difference.... but I have to say - I forget ... *often*. This will be my goal for the week - maybe it will stick. :)
Matty said…
A smile is a win-win for everyone. The giver and the recipient.

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