By Kathleen Mailliard Solmssen









And That’s PIZZAZZ




“Does he make you laugh?”  Might seem like an insignificant question.  Today, more and more doctors and psychologists believe that laughter is as healing as any other antidote, pill or therapy.  From the yellow smiley face of the ’60s to LOL when emailing friends, laughter can level any of life’s playing fields into a lighthearted game.  Sigmund Freud’s Relief Theory states that laughter “releases tension and psychic energy”.  Laughter is as infectious, and far more contagious, than any cough or cold.  In test after test, it has been proven to diminish pain and strengthen the immune system.


Gelotology (from the Greek gelos, meaning laughter) is the study of laughter and its effects on the body, from a psychological and physiological perspective.  Its proponents often advocate induction of laughter on therapeutic grounds in complementary medicine.   With an honest twinkle in his eye, Mark Twain said, “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”  Take this to heart: laughter improves the function of blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and increases blood flow, which protects one against heart attacks and other cardiovascular challenges.  Now that’s a lot to laugh about!


Like love, it’s an international language.  Like love, it’s the best social medium for connecting with others.  Guaranteed, a good ‘ole belly laugh releases “feel good” endorphins and relieves dreaded stress of all kinds.  As Milton Berle said: “Laughter is an instant vacation.”  There’s nothing better than a funny line: “My wife ran off with my best friend.  I’m really going to miss him” is one of my favorites.  Having a good laugh is as healthy for your body as a 45-minute workout and that “lightness of being” will last up to 45 minutes.


I completely agree with Michael Pritchard: “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.”  Babies laugh around 300 times a day.  We grown ups LOL about 20 times a day.  Maybe if we laugh more, we will stay younger and live longer.  You can’t be angry and laugh at the same time.  In stressful situations, “just laugh it off” is the best advice you can give yourself.  Victor Borge had it right: “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”


Why not continue to: laugh until it hurts, laugh your head off, laugh yourself silly, and laugh until tears run down . . .your leg!  Now that’s PIZZAZ!


2 Responses to “AND THAT’S PIZZAZZ – Laughter”

  1. Lani Mein | 03.01.15 at 9:17 PM said…

    We all knew you had Pizzazz, so glad you know how to Love it and Flaunt it!!!You never cease to amaze!![:~)

  2. Azita Mujica-Beavers | 03.09.14 at 4:56 AM said…

    Great article. Really enjoyed it.