Getting in the water can be relaxing, it can be hard. Some days tedious, others hilarious, as was the other day for me. Laughter IS good medicine. Wish I could share the video of me falling in a sink hole and laughing so hard I couldn’t get up, but I’m preserving an iota of dignity, (purposefully blurry photo below!) Do this fountain of youth exercise enough and I promise you will have some funny moments.

From the Washington Post:

Laughter stimulates the body’s organs by increasing oxygen intake to the heart, lungs and muscles, and stimulates the brain to release more endorphins, according to the Mayo Clinic. It also helps people handle stress by easing tension, relaxing the muscles and lowering blood pressure. It relieves pain, and improves mood. Laughter also strengthens the immune system.

‘When we laugh, it decreases the level of the evil stress hormone cortisol,’ Creagan says. “When we are stressed, it goes high and this interferes with the parts of the brain that regulate emotions. When that happens, the immune system deteriorates and becomes washed in a sea of inflammation, which is a factor in heart disease, cancer and dementia. ‘”

nothing funnier than a baby wetting her diaper …so long as you don’t have to clean it up!

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Marina Carney

    There is nothing more needed than laughter, especially now!
    Well done, Eleanor!

  2. 40waysofpeace

    ‘Tis the truth!
    And not just because it’s fun.
    W/PTSD-which we all have a bit of now, for our own viable reasons-closing your eyes and being present to your uncomfortable emotions is counterproductive.
    Other rituals & meditative ways are helpful now.
    Guided, active, and always using our breath as a conduit. (Exhale!)

    Ironically This just came through on my news feed:
    https://medium.com/@chloamilne/why-i-stopped-meditating-and-replaced-it-with-something-much-more-powerful-ed57af7c2413

  3. Mia

    Sawtooth National Forrest, IDAHO

    Belly laughing with good friends is the BEST!

  4. 40waysofpeace

    Folks:Next up-a picture of Mia Lyon Cherp in her best & underwear! 😂

  5. Julie

    Thanks for the insight, Elinor! Laughter IS the best medicine. Grateful for Rev. Sean’s message this morning. My friends and I “upped the wattage” in an effort to be “our best light” in “our Fountain of Youth.” Still grinning from ear to ear. Pure joy. Grateful for Sunday mornings, new beginnings and virtual connection. Cheers to all! Be well!

  6. Caroline

    I am a water girl so this is easy except some days I dunk twice to make up for the previous day….does that count? I am always the photographer so this is Dave. I love this blog and design….easy to absorb and visually so beautiful. Way to go EJ!

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