Oftentimes, transitioning into young adulthood can feel overwhelming for any child. As we watch our daughters get older and start to demonstrate a need for social acceptance, it can seem like everything starts to take a turn more serious. Although they often feel solomn, middle school years should have balance and a good hearty belly laugh can often deliver endorphins that give an overall sense of well-being. Laughter really is the best way to feel good fast.
Surprising Byproducts Of Smiling And Laughter
Sure, we all know that smiling and laughing can have an uplifting affect on our moods and overall sense of well-being. However, a proactive approach to making laughing part of your and your daughter’s daily routine may deliver some surprising added benefits:
Release endorphins: Think that upping your cardiovascular activity is the only way to release endorphins? Guess again. Studies have proven that endorphins (aka the body’s natural pain killers) are released as a response to laughter. Laughing and feeling happy helps us feel better inside and out.
Reduce stress: While releasing endorphins, your body will actually reduce the number of stress hormones being released in your body. Overtime, consistently reducing the amount of released stress hormones can have a major impact on overall anxiety and may even help boost your immune system.
Quick core workout: Ever laugh so hard that your belly hurts? That’s because laughter forces your core muscles to expand and contract. This movement is similar to intentionally targeting abs during a workout!
Overall cardio boost: Your stomach isn’t the only part getting a getting an active workout. Laughter increases blood flow and ups your heart rate for a little mini-cardio boost. It is even believed that the increased blood flow and heart rate can have a positive impact on memory as well.
How To Get Your Daily Dose Of Laughter
Now that you know the positive affect it can have on our bodies, spirits, and minds, you are ready to actively pursue laughter. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can effectively make amusement part of your everyday routine. Best of all, laughing is truly a social activity, so you and your daughter can try the following together:
Surround yourself with happy friends and family: Happiness is truly contagious. Surrounding yourselves with positive friends and family members who have mastered the art of happiness is a surefire way to enjoy some gleeful moments. Think visually about Eeyore or Tigger-which one is easier to be around?
Watch funny TV shows and movies: Flash back TV-check out a station that has shows from the 60’s and 70’s. Even if she doesn’t get the joke she will ask things like “did you really look and say those things?!” Think about going to a matinee comedy movie-it will help bonding time and you will feel great afterwards.
Check out YouTube…together: Surfing the net together on YouTube serves two purposes: First, you will get an opportunity to find funny snippets and vignettes. Secondly, you’ll also have the opportunity to talk with her about how to find approved content online. Parenting while laughing…it really doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
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