Whether itís a deep bellow during a stand-up show or a high-pitched giggle from a knock-knock joke, everyone laughs. No matter the type or reason, laughter does more than express simple emotion. Scientists find that blood flow increases during laughter, which reduces stress on the circulatory system, transports rejuvenating oxygen to organs, and helps the bodyís cells rid themselves of waste . Not to mention it feels awesome.
ROFL Time: What It Is
While many authors have developed deep, philosophical definitions of laughter, thereís some hard science behind this simple act. Laughter occurs as a physiological and psychological response to a humorous stimulus (try saying that five times fast), like a marathon of The Office or a man running in to a pole . However it takes more than just a funny situation to get the giggles going. Humor stimulates the large frontal lobe, which dictates most of our human emotional responses (sorry, robot readers). An electrical signal then travels to an area of the brain responsible for triggering motor function . Finally, after travelling down this complex neural highway, people react to humor by laughing out loud, slapping their knees, and/or peeing their pants (and yes, laughing actually causes this for some people). Quite the lengthy process of for a five-second action!
No Rx Required: What It Means to You
Laughter naturally (and legally) reduces stress and makes us feel happier. But what isnít so well-known is that giggling like a schoolgirl (or boy) actually increases blood flow. In a 2006 study, researchers compared the ability of blood to flow throughout the body during two movie screenings: a comedy and a drama. They ultimately discovered that the inner lining of the viewers' blood vessels expanded an average of 15% during the comedy compared to a 47% decrease during a stressful war drama . This allowed for greater blood flow throughout the body, which in turn minimizes circulatory stress and keeps organs healthy by supplying them with sweet, sweet oxygen.
But increased blood flow isnít the only other benefit of laughing. Laughter also bolsters the immune system by increasing levels of interferon gamma-1b, a compound critical in the fight against infections . Apparently an apple a day isnít the only thing keeping the doctors away. So donít worry about YouTubing hilarious cat videos during work hours. The health benefits may be well worth dealing with an angry boss.
Meditating in groups is powerful, meditation with your family members is beautiful.
Once we have discovered all that meditation can do for us in our lives, we have the opportunity to share that knowledge with our children. Since a childís first experiences take place in the home, what they learn there provides a foundation of knowledge and then becomes their basis for comparison as they move out into the world. Even if we may not feel that we are qualified to teach, we can plant the seeds that will give them a basic understanding of the peace and power that lie within them.
There are many ways we can instill the value of meditation. Since children tend to learn just as much, if not more, by observation and imitation, rather than by instruction, we can teach by example. By following our practice, we show them that meditation is part of daily life. Even if they appear to resist, they will come to understand meditationís importance in maintaining their inner health if you treat it as something that is as important and as essential as eating well and keeping proper hygiene. Little children are not the only ones that can benefit by learning meditation; preteens and teenagers can also benefit from learning the skills necessary to calm their minds and spend quality family time meditating together.
We may be able to introduce them to the concept of closing their eyes and taking inner journeys by listening to visualization CDs, or you may comfortable enough to guide them through a visualization of your own. Creating a time of quiet listening in the middle of guided imagery helps them know that they can be silent and go within whenever they choose. You might want to sit together and hold hands, creating a deep bonding ritual that may become everyoneís favorite part of the day. By discussing afterward, you can discover how your child experiences his or her inner world. By teaching children how to create with their minds and how to access the stillness within them, you are giving them tools that will help them create the best lives possible.
Sometimes news seems to repeat itself. Sometimes news seems to repeat itself. If this sounds repetitive it is repetitive. That is because many recent news events can be summarized in a few repeating patterns: Greece threatens to default, the Ukraine threatens to default, the US runs out of money again, there is another fake mass shooting event in the US (this time Waco), China and Japan say slightly different things about each otherís history then military pilots fly to obscure islands and wave the finger at each other, Shias, Sunnis, Jews and Western mercenaries pretending to be Muslim extremists do bad things or are victims of bad things, North Korea shoots off a missile, etc. etc.
In the alternative news world, we see something similar: mass arrests of Western cabalistic elites are imminent, the new financial system has been announced and your check is in the mail, UFOís have landed, the end of the world is nigh, President Obama is a time travelling Muslim space alien etc.
Given all this, it is understandable that many people cannot help but wonder if we will ever see any real change.
The fact is though, that we are going through a slow motion but tectonic shift in how this planet is run. Watching the old system implode is like watching stuff go down a drain hole, it circles around and around seemingly forever but suddenly, it is gone. Remember the fall of the Soviet Union? It seemed to take place in slow motion at the time but, in retrospect, it seems like it happened overnight.
The Greek situation is a case in point, deadline after deadline comes and goes and yet the can keeps getting kicked down the road. The Ukraine fails to pay its gas bills and yet the housewives still cook on their gas stoves. These situations will eventually come to a climax but, probably, not before this autumn because the consequences (collapse of the Western financial system) will be so huge that anything and everything possible is being done to delay things.
At the same time, top secret meetings keep taking place to try to come to a long term solution to these and other festering problems. There were several such meetings last week. One was between representatives of the Red Dragon and the White Dragon societies. Another was between the WDS and a Rothschild family representative.
The Red Dragon representative came with concrete proposals for three new types of energy technology. The details of this.......