There are approximately 3 billion fortune cookies made each year around the world, the vast majority of them used for consumption in the United States. Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries.
A fortune cookie is a crisp cookie with a piece of paper or “fortune” in the inside on which words of wisdom or a prophecy is written. The message may also include a Chinese phrase with translation or a list of lucky numbers.
There is an old joke that no fortune out of a fortune cookie is complete without the words “in bed” being added to them at the end.
Last evening I had the hilarious pleasure of one such profound fortune as we went around the table sharing our fortune cookie verses.
My post today isn’t about the fortune found in my cookie last night but about the gift of sharing laughter!
Yes, sharing laughter!
I am talking about laughing so hard that you have tears rolling down your cheeks!
I have found out in my life that no matter how rough my day is or life situation might be – that cleansing my soul with laughter will make me feel better!
Perhaps, the biggest benefit of laughter is that it is free and has no known negative side effects!
Laughter decreases “stress” hormones.
Laughter decreases blood pressure.
Laughter appears to tell the immune system to “turn it up a notch.”
Laughter can reduce pain and aid the healing process. For one thing, laughter offers a powerful distraction from pain.
Laughter truly is the best medicine! Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.
Researchers aren’t sure if it’s actually the act of laughing that makes people feel better. A good sense of humor, a positive attitude, and the support of friends and family also play an important role, too.
One pioneer in laughter research, William Fry, claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.
And laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories.
Laughter is a gift we can give ourselves ~ try a dose every day!
Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,