#52LittleThings Week 8 – Laugh Every Day

52LT-Week-8Laugh every day ?! 

Now this one got me thinking, Do I laugh enough?

When did I last laugh, not smile but laugh from my toes? 

The answer to that is I honestly cant remember and sitting here thinking about that now I have to say I am feeling really quite miffed and upset by that. 

Playing Pictionary As a non parent I seemed to laugh all the time and if all else failed watching Drop Dead Fred never ceased to make me crack up. But being responsible for small people can be super stressful and this is what I need to make more effort with.

I have a wonderful husband (although he puts the toilet roll on the holder the wrong way round, although maybe I should be grateful he changes the roll!) and I have to great children but other than the odd chortle I think my last belly laugh actually occurred while playing pictionary back in October!! …….. Which if we are honest with each other and me with myself it dire!! 

So Why Is Laughing Good For You?

It Decreases Stress - Stress related hormones are released when we laugh

It Improves Your Blood Pressure – Laughter has been shown previously to lower or balance someone’s blood pressure and increase vascular blood flow!

It Provides A Burst of Exercise – laughter can help clear the respiratory system. Just like exercise as it opens up the airways and stretches the diaphragm and provides more oxygen for the blood.

It Can Help Manage Pain – It’s a natural pain reliever so is super at helping to block the pain receptors! 

For more information on why laughing every day can be good for you AXA PPP healthcare has some more information on their website explaining why laughter is the best medicine.

So I am going to undertake a mission to laugh more, I will be addressing my work life balance and ensuring we spend more time doing fun things as a family and will also be ensuring that I listen to my toddler more as he really does say the funniest things, if only I listened more. 

So you laugh enough? or like me do you need to do it more often?

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse


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30 Responses to #52LittleThings Week 8 – Laugh Every Day

  1. WallyMummy says:

    How can anyone not smile after this :))) x

  2. Susan Mann says:

    Aww this is lovely x

  3. Erica Price says:

    I tend to laugh most at or with H to be honest. He doesn’t always like that although I don’t mean to upset him. Not surprised Joshua makes you laugh most of all.

  4. Mel says:

    Laughing is the most amazing feeling! I love it, love it, love it, but agree with you that the good old “I am laughing so much I cannot stop and I might start crying with laughter” kind of laugh does not happen as much as it should. My kids (and the quirky things they say) do make me laugh quite a lot, though. Mel

  5. Laughter is most definitely balm for the soul. The type of laughs I get with the kids are different to the ones I get from a comedy flick (did you see The Untouchable a year or two ago? Nearly peed myself with laughter!), or from a good girly night out. I still fall about laughing with my husband in the kitchen in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed, there’s definitely nothing like the release of laughter after a tough day! Great post hon

  6. Notmyyearoff says:

    I definitely think I don’t do as many belly laughs as I used to pre-mum! I really need to chill out a bit more sometimes I think! Excellent advice!

  7. Notmyyearoff says:

    You have a very cute little man, just watched the video! :)

  8. It’s true what they say – laughter really is the best medicine :-)

  9. Becky Cowley says:

    I love to laugh! I am lucky to laugh often at the munchkin and at Mr C, I live with a pair of comedians!
    ‘The most wasted day of all is one without laughter’

  10. Jenny says:

    Fruit Cocktail Joshua style video is so adorable. Laughing truly is the best medicine. A good belly laugh is definitely need more often in this house. A child’s laugh is the best sound on the planet I think. I am always trying to record my kids laughing to relisten to it when I need a laugh myself. Lovely post. :)

  11. Jessica says:

    This is so true! Laughter is the best medicine and I certainly don’t do it enough! Being pregnant I seem to cry more than laugh (it doesn’t take much- put an elderly person, child or animal on tv with some sad music and I’m gone!)
    I’m going to aim for atleast a laugh a day- better get searching for a joke book! #motovationalmonday

  12. Pinkoddy says:

    I need to work on keep being miserable then as my blood pressure is so low that when the nurse checks it she always ask how I’m even standing lol. Thank you for linking up with Motivational Monday.

  13. I have always said laughing is good for me and I did have a good laugh today.
    I’m doing the #100HappyDays challenge where you have to take a picture of something that makes you happy each day. If something can put a smile on your face it makes for a better day.
    Dropping in from Motivational Monday.

  14. loopyrach says:

    I do love a good laugh the only thing is once I get going I find it hard to stop. I also find the smallest things funny and I’m forever looking on you tube for funny videos to cheer me up when I’m feeling a bit crap.

    stopping by from motivational mondays

  15. Emily says:

    He’s so sweet!!
    Love the end, yes Mummy it’s lovely, stop filming and let me eat – bye ;)

    I think if you spend time listening to children you can’t help laughing, just the sound of theirs gets me started! xx

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