25 Belly Laughs to Brighten Your Day

baloonsThe Healing Power of Humor

Do you remember how it felt the first time you made your baby laugh? If you don’t have children, do you remember late-night sleepovers with friends, where one of you giggles, then another, and soon you’re all laughing so hard, you’re gasping for air with tears rolling down your faces. Laughter is contagious, and it feels soooooo good. We are born to laugh.

It turns out there’s a reason beyond the joy of social connection. The physical act of laughing releases endorphins, chemicals in our bodies that are called “nature’s narcotics.” They can give us a feeling of euphoria and even relieve pain. In fact, famed author, Norman Cousins, treated his autoimmune disease (ankylosing spondylitis) through laughter therapy, saying it was the best pain relief he could find. Laughter also reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), and even makes our memory sharper. Goodbye brain fog!

Living with autoimmunity is hard, and sometimes laughter feels out of our reach. Yet, those are the moments when we need laughter the most. So, instead of a recipe roundup, today I offer you a laughter roundup:

20 Things to Make You Laugh

  1. The Hazards of Backyard Hens
  2. 20 Things Only Someone with an Autoimmune Condition Will Understand
  3. Bacon Slam Poem
  4. What Should We Call Paleo Life
  5. How to Order in a Restaurant
  6. When You First Hear About the AIP
  7. Wheel of Impressions with Kevin Spacey
  8. Maddie On Things
  9. Epic Funny Cat Jump Fails
  10. T-Rex Trying
  11. Cat Friend vs. Dog Friend
  12. Bats Dancing
  13. Owl Massage
  14. Then and Now Photos
  15. Evolution of Dance
  16. Awkward Family Photos
  17. Gas Station Karaoke
  18. Will It Beard
  19. 11 Month Old Twins Dancing to Daddy’s Guitar
  20. 22 Photos That Prove Why Babies Need Pets

Plus 5 More — Proceed Cautiously

With comedy, sometimes what makes one person laugh, offends someone else. That’s the nature of humor: it’s personal and unpredictable. The following links fall into this controversial territory. I could have left them out of this post, but belly laughs are beautiful, even if they don’t hit everyone. These links do contain profanity. Proceed at your own risk:

  1. South Park’s Gluten-Free Episode
  2. 35 Funniest Someecards
  3. Celebrities Read Mean Tweets
  4. FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful
  5. If Juliet Had a Sassy Gay Friend

Which of these 25 was your favorite? Share in the comments below!

About Eileen Laird

Eileen Laird of Phoenix Helix has been living the paleo lifestyle since June 2012, reducing her rheumatoid arthritis symptoms by 95% without any steroid or immunosuppressant medication. Merging straight talk with inspiration and information, Eileen strives to help us all live the autoimmune life well! She believes in the power of symbolism: the phoenix represents our ability to transform; the helix represents the power we have over the expression of our genes. In addition to her blog, she hosts the only paleo podcast dedicated to autoimmune healing. She also hosts a weekly AIP Recipe Roundtable, is the author of the e-book Reintroducing Foods on the AIP, and you can find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

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