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Laughter is the best medicine. Tuesday October 7, 2014

I am sure that all of us have those days when you just want to sit and cry or scream and be angry! And I am positive we all have those days where nothing can get us down because we are just so happy! When I asked my doctor about this she explained to me with a graph of the difference with the moods. So when I started doing research in to Bipolar, I learnt it was caused by a chemical imbalance of serotonin in the brain.

I then started looking up natural ways to increase the serotonin in my brain and I found that eating chillies and laughing are two of the best ways to increase it naturally. The chillies were not a problem as I really do enjoy the flavor and slight burn in one's mouth. The laughing part was a bit more difficult though as some days I found nothing to laugh about.

For the last couple of months I have been having especially bad mood swings mostly because I have to work so hard as my husband has not worked in over six months and it is putting a terrible strain on our marriage. But also because life is just tough for everyone at the moment.

SO my question is how does one laugh daily to help increase serotonin? Well, for me, a laser light and Smudge, our little wire haired terrier. For hours he will chase the light and he will go mad for it, and so the laughter entered our home.

There is a saying "Laughter is the best medicine", and since I have been trying to laugh daily I have found a big difference in myself!

So I challenge you all today to find something to make you laugh, not only is it good for your mind but also for your tummy!

Have a laughter filled Day.

A Moodscope member.

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Hopeful One Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 6:45am

Thank you for highlighting this as it is so easy to forget. I do it by going to www.laughfactory .com( there are many other sites I accept and fellow Moodscopers may have theirs ) Here is an offering to get the serotonin flowing today .

In a church school cafeteria, a nun places a note in front of a pile of apples, "Only take one. God is watching." Further down the line is a pile of cookies. A little boy makes his own note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

PWD Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 7:13am

Good blog laughter is good but when you are really low it is difficult My wife is not talking to me today just because I did not open the car door for her. I have apologised and tried to explain I just panicked and swam to the surface.


Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 8:43am

Good point Talana. I have an acute sense of humour but it evaporates when I'm low. I find being with friends who I bounce off, and end up laughing with the best way. When I'm down,I also gently avoid those who don't have much humour in their make up. A sense of the ridiculous and a belly laugh always makes me feel so much better. Emotionally and physically,

Hopeful One Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:09am

The thing is our minds do not really need to ' know ' the cause or source of our laughter . The 24 hour pharmacy we call our brain dispenses the serotonin regardless. Hence the birth of laughter yoga. See it on you tube and you will be rolling in the aisles completely unaware why you started laughing in the first place! But you will feel you had a belly laugh.

heather Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:33am

This is SO TRUE. I often laugh out loud at the TV - little things amuse me more than "stand up" comedians. My partner is funny, and I giggle a lot with friends. However, not so when I have a low mood ! It is worth remembering (I read somewhere) that if you put on a false smile or laugh into the mirror (or without it) it still helps to activate serotonin. Then note how different you look and feel with a glum face ! And laugh again. I also heard that walnuts are a good source of serotonin and my partner is eating them by the bagful (Lidls and Aldis) and it seems to be working ! Check it out though - could be placebo. Love from Heather xx
Love from Heather xx

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:44am

Thank you Hopeful! Love that!!! Love ratg x.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:46am

Paul, you've done what you can x.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:50am

Feeling the love from Heather today, buy one get one free? :-D
Talana, a great reminder that I need more Morcambe & Wise in my life. Love from the ratg.

Lex McKee Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:50am

Very funny... x

Lex McKee Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 9:52am

And isn't it interesting that walnuts look like little brains - complete with their cases... (nutcases?)

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 12:35pm

As an occasional busker, I have always dreamed of playing "Bring Me Sunshine" and enjoy watching the braver passers-by do the dance.
Love, Rich x

Penny Price Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 12:52pm

I too have found that except on my darkest of dark days I can find something to laugh about with my dog. It may be the way she gets excited when the cats in trouble and she knows that the cat is going to get told off or just watching her leap in the air to try and catch her ball and miss.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 2:15pm

Snigger, Snigger!

Mary Blackhurst Hill Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 2:17pm

Great to hear from you Rich. I'd dance to your busking! (My children would try to drag me away saying "You're SO embarrassing, Mummy!")

Mary Blackhurst Hill Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 2:21pm

Great post, Talana! Personally (and perhaps reprehensibly) I rather like the I Can Has Cheezeburger site.

heather Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 3:02pm

Ha Ha ratg

heather Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 3:06pm

Like that Hopeful, made me smile first thing but my comment got gobbled up.
I don't like jokes that rely on smut for laughs - this is funny.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 4:03pm

I have always been way too serious and I know when I get down it is really hard to get that laugh I know I need.....suggestions appreciated?? Dave

Dawn Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 4:11pm

Lovely post. I can totally relate to this. Each day my Jack Russell Lily does something cute or funny to make me smile and usually laugh outright. Every single day. No therapist or medication has ever managed to do that for me. Animals are natural laughter therapists.

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 6:43pm

I learnt from a recent dog programme on the tv, that when you laugh, it makes your unhappy dog- happy!

Anonymous Tue, Oct 7th 2014 @ 10:07pm

I'd join you Mary! Ratg x.

Anonymous Wed, Oct 8th 2014 @ 12:40pm

Thanks for post. I was a serious child - could never understand people larkibg about at Brownies or not doing tnings with a purpose and so I abandoned group activities. I do however make people laugh I have found out! Anyway I can recommend Norbert film with Eddie Murphy. As for chillies I accidentally cane across their endorphin raising properties done years ago when I ate a raw one when I had a hangover headache. Instantly the headache vanished!!

Anonymous Thu, Oct 9th 2014 @ 7:07am

Ha h, I love this, thanks Paul

Anonymous Thu, Oct 9th 2014 @ 7:10am

Umm interesting, I'm going to go and stock up on chilli, thanks

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