Try A Laughter Pill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

There were four of us seated at a round table at the nutrition center, eating lunch.

In all, there were close to 50 seniors sitting at tables situated around the large center. There was the noise of muted conversations, the clatter of utensils, and shuffling chairs.

And laughter.

A late comer hurried to my table, unloading her purse and some paperwork, and her cell phone.

"I'm late," she apologized.

Seated, she examined a bruise on her left arm. "I don't know how I got this," she said. "I just noticed it this morning."

A man seated next to her pointed to a bruise on his elbow. "Me neither," he said. "I guess I scraped it on the table."

The elderly man on the opposite side of the table pointed to several small bruises on his arms. "I never know how I get these," he said, turning his arms this way and that.

I began looking at small bruises on the back of my hand.

Suddenly, one of the men let out a belly laugh. "Do you realize that we are all sitting here discussing our bruises."

We laughed so loud that other diners looked our way.

It doesn't take much to entertain a senior citizen, does it?

Everyone at our table had cell phones but they never used them during the meal.

They preferred to socialize and enjoy their meal of pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli and cheese casserole, a hot roll and stewed apples.

They talked about the weather, the corn crop, and cantaloupes and peaches; the produce on the fruit stands.

And they laughed a lot, too.

Laughter is free, fun and easy to use and it's good for your health. It relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system and brings the body back in balance.

Some researchers say that laughing more helps you feel better and puts a spring back in your step. You just feel better.

It lightens burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. It doesn't cure; but it's an effective tonic.

It protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Who would have thought?

Remember when we were kids and we'd get our giggle box turned over. We would giggle uncontrollably at the silliest of things. But it was fun.

For me, there are times when I find myself searching through the television set for humor. I want to watch a sitcom or movie that is funny, makes me smile or laugh.....enough murder and mayhem.

The bible says "A cheerful heart is good medicine......."Proverbs 17:22.

Maybe we need a laughter pill.