Mindful Monday# 31: 7 Days of laughter

Happy Monday y’all!

How was your weekend? Did you take any time to relax, or spend time doing what you wanted to do? I’ve found through research (as well as through personal experience), it’s equally important to take care of yourself while taking care of loved ones. Over the past few years, I’ve tried so many times to accomplish this goal. Maybe 2021 will be the year it happens! I learned a long time ago to make the most of each day, since we are never guaranteed tomorrow. The reason I am bringing this up, is because I received awesome news yesterday! To read about this news, please click here: update on my appendix situation.

For many of us, around the world we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect in every way. Whether you are a girlfriend, mother, father, etc., we tend to put our loved ones before ourselves. It’s human nature. Most of the time we do this when we have a lot on our plate already. When was the last time you had an honest to goodness belly laugh? Whether your answer is last week or last month, remember laughter has always been universal medication.


1. the action or sound of laughing.

2. an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness: a man of laughter and goodwill.

3. an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.

4. Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.

Remember what it was like to laugh so hard that your belly hurt. Your eyes are tearing up to the point it is hard to focus on anything. It is the best feeling in the world. Here’s a bit of laughter trivia for you! Henri de Mondeville, a French professor of surgery (1260-1320) wrote, "Let the surgeon take care to regulate the whole regimen of the patient's life for joy and happiness, allowing his relatives and special friends to cheer him, and by having someone tell him jokes." Norman Cousins (June 24, 1915 – November 30, 1990) was an American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. During his career, Cousins became quite ill and did extensive research on humor used as medication. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval." His struggle with that illness and his discovery of laugh therapy is detailed in his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient.

Laughter has been shown to increase the tolerance of pain, and although unsubstantiated, it is commonly held that laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural analgesic. Psychologically, at least, laughter serves as a distraction from pain, and one survey of the nonpharmaceutical management of pain rated laughter as the most effective means of coping with it. Moreover, laughter has a lasting effect. After it has subsided, the good feeling that lingers is one not ordinarily felt after other distractions from pain have abated.

7 days of laughter:

Here’s a new exercise for you to try this week! Bringing giggles and smiles to kick start your 2021, may help those low moments we all tend to go through. Find a quiet place in your home and close your eyes. Picture seven individual events, places, or people for every day of the week of which will bring you laughter. Examples:

Monday: Watching my favorite standup comedians on Netflix

Tuesday: Reading my comics

Wednesday: Spend time with my pets

Thursday: Watch old cartoons

Friday: Talking to my friends with silly Facebook messenger faces

Saturday: Playing Monopoly© with my husband

Sunday: Spending time cooking with my childhood friends

What events did you think of? I look forward to hearing back from you! I’d love to know what you thought of the exercise, and if it helped relieve any stress or pain. Share any experiences you’ve had in the comments down below! Please continue to stay safe purple butterflies! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today! If you’re enjoying my blogs, why not subscribe to my website? My blogs will go straight to your email. It’s free to sign up! Tell your friends! Tell your friends to tell their friends!

Till next time! Be well!

~ Rachel

{Quote reference: Laughter Is A Powerful Medicine}

{Quote reference: Norman Cousins and - Pg. 41 Laughter, The Internal Medicine}

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