Do you ever wonder why some comedians live to 90-years old and beyond? Both Carl Reiner and Betty white are doing fabulous at 97. (as of this writing) George Burns lived to be 100. Phyllis Diller made it to 95, Abe Vigoda 94, and Milton Berle 93. Dick Van Dyke is still making us laugh and dancing at 93. They may not have been vegan, exercised every day, didn’t smoke or drink to excess but they all had (or still have) a sense of humor.
Some comedians died way too young, of course. They let the darkness get them or abused themselves mercilessly and it got the best of them. There’s nothing anyone can do about it except hope that others like them get help before it’s too late.
A sense of humor can get you through any challenge. It has numerous health benefits and helps keep you sane even in the worst of times. Life happens and a giggle or two will help you cope with it.
When the world looks dire watch something funny
I don’t believe in sticking my head in the sand and ignoring the fact that the world is slightly insane at the moment. I watch the news a little too much, will go out and protest and tweet out my frustrations occasionally. But, to avoid a blood pressure spike, I’ll take a YouTube break and watch something that makes me laugh. Sometimes I guffaw so hard I wet my pants. It makes me feel human again instead of a ranting, raving lunatic.
Comedians as healers
Comedians help people see the absurdity of a situation and sometimes bring people together for the good of mankind. For example, Stephen Colbert promoted a book on his show called “Whose Boat is This Boat” that his staff wrote. He raised a ton of money and all the proceeds went to hurricane victims.
Life can sometimes be overwhelming, but you must carry on
I’ve been dealing with a difficult situation lately living with someone who has cancer. It totally sucks. And now one of my dogs was diagnosed with diabetes. I had to learn how to give him insulin shots. Our apartment complex is trying to raise our rent sky high and wants an answer on whether or not we’ll renew our lease. To say I’m stressed out would be an understatement. Still, a little sense of humor goes a long way.
We’ve been going to TV Academy events where cast and production executives are promoting their shows for Emmy consideration. Evenings have included Q & A’s with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, Seth Meyers, Jim Carrey, and others. It’s been fun listening to their take on things during interviews that are more personal than what you see on their shows. Almost all of them expressed the fact that they really want to help their audience feel better about the world so they can cope and de-stress.
The health benefits of laughing
- Laughter lowers your blood pressure – May is Stroke Awareness Month. It’s always a good idea to monitor your blood pressure at home. Try taking a reading after you watch something funny and see if it makes a difference.
- It improves your immune system – When you chuckle your sense of wellbeing improves. Your T-cells, which protect you from getting sick, become activated. People who are depressed tend to get sick more often. Those who don’t take life as seriously and laugh often stay healthier or have a better prognosis if they are ill.
- Laughing keeps your blood circulating – When you laugh more oxygen flows into your bloodstream and increases circulation throughout your body. It’s also a semi-aerobic activity that strengthens your heart.
- A good laugh reduces stress – Stress is a killer but when you laugh your mood improves as well as your peace of mind. Tension releases and makes you feel better. It also reduces the level of your stress hormones that cause cortisol to build up in belly fat. As women over 50, the last thing we need is belly fat that can cause a heart attack or stroke.
- Humor helps us connect with each other – When people laugh together it can improve even the worst situation. Even if we disagree on certain topics, laughter will take us to common ground whether it is a personal relationship, a bad family situation, a group in opposition to each other, or even an international conflict.
Make it a goal to spread more laughter throughout the planet. Don’t take life too seriously. If you don’t have much of a sense of humor try to lighten up. Laughing more will help us all live longer, happier, and better lives.
What makes you laugh? Please leave a comment below.