Laughter is good for us. Do it often. Remember a day without laughter is a day wasted.

Yesterday I again heard bursts of laughter coming from the pinochle players. The four card players were having a great time at the Senior Center, all smiling and laughing so hard they had to wipe tears of joy from their eyes.

This happens often with happy people gathered playing cards, chicken foot, dominos or just visiting.

I know it is good to laugh, good for us physically and mentally. I found these facts in a book titled “Creating Moments of Joy” by Jolene Brackey.

Laughing enhances our sense of well-being, reduces stress and improves our ability to survive a crisis.

Physically, it increases circulation, reduces blood pressure, promotes brain functioning, relaxes muscles, reduces pain by increasing endorphins in the bloodstream and stimulates the thymus glands, which improves the immune system.

The information might help us understand the power of laughter. If you can’t find anything to laugh about, just start laughing about nothing until you are laughing at yourself. If you laugh a lot when you are older all your wrinkles will be in the right places.

Sometimes it can just start with a giggle or you get tickled abut something you heard, saw or read and you share it with someone. Then together you begin to laugh.

There are times I do something really dumb or embarrassing, it isn’t funny at the time but later I have to laugh at myself especially when I tell the story, we all laugh.

Sunday in church the intern pastor made this comment “God is always with us from tears to laughter.” Isn’t it wonderful He is with us when we are laughing tears of happiness.

Also found in the Bible, “A cheerful heart is good medicine,” Proverbs 17:22.

Whatever it takes to laugh, do it. You will be healthier for it and so will the people around you because laughing is contagious.

Opal Flinn is a member of the Generations Advisory Board.