Holly Robinson Peete and her family share a laugh with comedian and game show host, Steve Harvey. Holly and her family appeared on Celebrity Family Feud to compete for prize money for the Hollyrod Foundation. The foundation provides care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease / Image by #celebrityfamilyfeud

As children we can laugh several times in a day. When we reach adulthood, there are times we take things more seriously and maybe get a little stressed.

To stay positive, why not try smiling or sharing a laugh with someone?

Laughter is known as a cheap medicine because it helps to elevate the mood. If you’re laughing with someone you know, you’re also more likely to laugh longer around them. Jokes told by someone familiar to us just sound funnier.

Laughter also benefits us by helping to relax the muscles and improve blood pressure. It’s common to get upset when you mess up or do something incorrectly. But laughing at the situation takes the weight off the moment and lets you know that you’re only human.

When I’m faced with something that frustrates me, I always remind myself that things could be worse.

If I start complaining and finding fault with little things, then I move to complaining about things beyond my control. The worst thing about complaining is that I lose focus. When that happens I tell myself to stop complaining and to remember how grateful I should be for what I already have.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said “It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.”

It feels good to laugh, but it also feels better when you’re able to make someone else laugh.

So go ahead. Make someone’s day. Make them laugh.

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