19 March – Let’s Laugh Day

Let's Laugh Day - Elizabeth Place

Observed annually around the world, March 19th is Let’s Laugh Day.

We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  This is the day to take your medicine. Some studies have shown that laughter may boost your immune system, relieve tension and help you relax. Who does not need any of those things in this busy and hectic world?

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can. ~ Elsa Maxwell

We don’t laugh because we’re happy — we’re happy because we laugh. ~ William James

As we all know, laughter can also be contagious. Even faking it seems to have some benefits. Classes called “laughter yoga” engage the abdominal muscles, lungs, arms and facial muscles while using humour to get us laughing to cure what ails us.

When you and a friend have those long bouts of uncontrolled laughter that end in tears and aching stomach muscles that last a good 10 minutes or more, you burn between 10 and 40 calories per 10 minutes. So, keep giving each other those don’t-look-at-me-or-I’ll-start-laughing-again looks. You’ll keep right on burning more laugh-healthy calories and you’ll enjoy a good memory too!