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The importance of laughter & feeling connected

June 12, 2017

The importance of laughter & feeling connected

Laughter and feeling connected are so important to our mental health and well being – especially as we age.

Laughter & feeling connected – why it is so important

Research has shown that laughter is good for us physically, mentally and spiritually.  It reduces stress, increases our sense of well being and lifts our moods.  There are even laughter groups to encourage people to laugh and feel good.

The Mayo Clinic writes that data is increasing to show the health benefits of laughter.  A post on their website, Stress Relief from Laughter – It’s no joke  suggests:

When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.

If you follow my blog, you will know that this month is my month of Health & Wellness and laughter and feeling connected is an important aspect of this.

Recently I spent three glorious days spending time with my cousins.  My cousin and her daughter flew from Sydney to Adelaide and I joined them to reunite with one of our cousins who I hadn’t seen for 40 years!!! Obviously we were only babies then LOL:)

The ‘Cousins’ Reunion’ had been planned last year and I was so excited to be finally seeing my cousin April after such a long time.  We had been friends on Facebook for ages but it isn’t the same as seeing each other in person.

I went through a period of my life where I dropped out of ‘family’ and although at the time I thought it was the right thing to do I miss that connection.  I finally reunited with my cousin who was always like an older sister to me and is also my godmother.  After a 20 year absence we connected immediately as if there had been no time apart.  That was 5 years ago and I’m so happy I made the effort to reconnect as my life has been richer for it.

Our three days were spent sightseeing around Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley.  The last day was a quick trip to the Coast and beaches of Port Willunga and Port Noarlunga both were stunning.

So what was my take away from the ‘Cousins’ Reunion’?

Laughter & Feeling Connected

Laughter IS REALLY HEALTHY FOR YOU and I don’t do it as often as I should.

Feeling connected with others adds to the richness of my life.

We laughed until the tears ran and for three days we shared this laughter, fun times and reminiscing about family and times past.

This trip was certainly good for my soul.  I came home feeling refreshed, revitalised and a warmth inside for these three special ladies in my life.

Family connections are not always what we wish for.  There is a saying that ‘You can choose your friends but not your family’.  This is true for many, however feeling connected is not restricted to family.  Friends are just as important and in some cases can mean a closer connection than with our family members.

As we age, it can be so easy to withdraw especially in our later years but staying connected keeps us mentally active and feeling a sense of being part of something.

When was the last time you had a good ‘belly laugh’?  Can’t remember?  You don’t know what you are missing.

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  • Reply Donna June 12, 2017 at 04:12

    You’re right about family, friends and laughter, Sue. Staying connected to all three has such strong health benefits — especially as we age!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:11

      It is very important Donna. I don’t have many family members left – my parents both passed away over 30 years ago and my brother 2 years ago. So any family time is very special to me. Have a beautiful day my friend. x

  • Reply Leslie June 12, 2017 at 05:19

    I love to laugh. And my PC and daughters make me laugh daily. I don’t consider myself particularly funny but I get into the darned messes sometimes, and it is often better to just laugh than cry.

    So glad you and your cousins reconnected. I was never very close to the cousins on my father’s side, all a bit older than I am. And not much closer to the cousins on my mom’s side either, and they were much older than I. Probably because we always lived so far away.

    I hope my granddaughters will always be close to one another. There’s five years difference in their ages but I hope they will grow up to be almost sisters.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:09

      Laughter is good for the soul Leslie and I don’t do enough of it! I had such a lovely time. One of my cousins is like a big sister to me and was very close to my mum who passed away 31 years ago. We have a very special bond. xx

  • Reply inthegoodbooksblog ( Michelle) June 12, 2017 at 07:52

    Laughter is so important, and I must admit that I don’t get the opportunity to laugh as much as I would like! But I did attend a party yesterday and my sister-in-law and I had a good chuckle, so that was great!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:07

      Oh that sounds great Michelle and good timing for my post! I must admit I don’t laugh out loud very often but when I do I really do feel happy and warm inside. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful week!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl June 12, 2017 at 08:26

    Family, friends and laughter! I agree with both your post Sue and Donna’s comment. They get more precious and needed as we get older.
    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:06

      Yes SSG, I don’t have many family left so it was a very special time for me catching up with my cousins. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 12, 2017 at 08:34

    The other kids were away last night so I dragged the middle teen off the computer to watch Arrested Development with us, it was nice all sitting on the couch together, giggling away. On Saturday we had 10 people over to play games. Trying to play Cards Against Humanity without little children hearing or reading the words was pretty funny, and made us laugh at the silliness of the silence. It is so very good for the soul.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:05

      Laughter and silliness is good for the soul Lydia and isn’t family time wonderful. Kids (& parents) get so busy you really appreciate when you can sit down together and spend time watching a show and enjoying it together. x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit June 12, 2017 at 08:52

    Laugh lots! I often write that as I sign my books for my little Cheer Chick Charlie fans. Laugh lots. You’re right … It really does do wonders. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:03

      Laughing really does help but I’m not one to automatically laugh. I do love hearing others laugh especially if it is a strong, hearty one. It always makes me smile. x

  • Reply Katherine June 12, 2017 at 09:30

    It’s so great to hear that you reconnected with your cousin who meant so much to you! Sounds like you took a lot away from that. I think sometimes family can be very fully on, I find that sometimes. And having moved away I do miss them but I also feel a sense of freedom.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 12, 2017 at 17:02

      I know what you mean Katherine. Family is great but we do need our space. I hadn’t seen my cousins from Sydney for a couple of years and of course my cousin April for 40 so it was really great to catchup and enjoy a laugh or two. Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs June 12, 2017 at 17:14

    Loved reading this and seeing the happy snap of the get together too. Whilst I havent had a lot to laugh about recently my husband and I do have a similar sense of humour and fun and some laughter is always welcome. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 24/52. Next week: First Concert.

  • Reply Linda @ Circle of Daydreams June 12, 2017 at 18:59

    What an absolutely gorgeous photo!!! You all look so happy. If I hear a baby chuckling it always makes me laugh automatically!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2017 at 19:55

      Oh thank you Linda how kind of you and yes we were all very happy. My grandson makes me laugh when I tickle him and hear his gorgeous little laugh. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. I’m off to visit your site!

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski June 12, 2017 at 21:14

    I went with my girlfriends to a really funny musical yesterday then out to dinner. We laughed the whole afternoon & evening! Good for my soul!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill June 12, 2017 at 22:35

    I remember you saying how much you laughed when you were with them Sue and it made me realize I haven’t been laughing as much as I used to – now I look for more opportunities to appreciate joy – we need as much happiness and laughter in our lives as we can possibly get!

  • Reply Carol Cassara June 12, 2017 at 22:37

    Laughter rings throughout our house all the time. I agree about the healing power of a biggggg belly laugh! Often!

  • Reply Shirley Corder June 13, 2017 at 00:50

    Sue, you’re so right. When did I last have a good belly laugh? No, I can’t remember. A chuckle here or a giggle there – but a real laugh? Thanks for the prod. Two Common Phrases, what the mean and how they arose.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 13, 2017 at 05:49

      I know Shirley I’m the same. It was so good to have a real laugh and it was then I realised that I hadn’t done that for too long. More laughter is certainly required. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Jennifer June 13, 2017 at 02:19

    I agree that laughter is the elixir of life. I may have already shared with you that my mother is 97 and all her friends from high school are in their 90’s as well. Until it became too difficult last year, they would come over my mother’s house to play cards, laugh and tell stories. All of them say it’s the laughter that kept them alive this long. That and the bottle of water from the Fountain of Youth that they all shared once. (Another story for them to laugh over.)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 13, 2017 at 05:47

      Oh your mother and her friends sound adorable Jennifer and that is how I would love to be. Friendship, being connected and lots of laughter is certainly a great recipe for a long life. Thanks so much for sharing your Mum’s story with me. Have a great week!

  • Reply Laurie Stone June 13, 2017 at 06:51

    Sue, I think laughter becomes even more important as we age. Its not only a good cardio workout, but good for the soul. Thanks for this great reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2017 at 19:47

      Hadn’t thought about the cardio workout side of it Laurie but yes it is important to laugh as we age. I just realised after my few days away that I don’t actually laugh anymore. I smile and giggle but not a full on belly laugh that just makes you burst with happiness. have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by to comment. x

  • Reply Jas @All that's Jas June 15, 2017 at 11:12

    So very true! My daughter and I often laugh about silliest things and we are so connected we know what the other is thinking before it’s being said. And because we do, we laugh about that too. It’s the never-ending circle and we love it. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 16, 2017 at 05:46

      Oh your comment brought a smile to my face Jas! What a lovely relationship you have with your daughter so happy and beautiful. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting. Have a beautiful day and I hope you visit again. x

  • Reply Charlotte June 15, 2017 at 17:44

    I couldn’t agree more, sometimes it is ages since I have a decent laugh and then when you do you realise how good it actually feels and can definitely lift you up again

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 16, 2017 at 05:29

      You know Charlotte, so many people have said the same as you and I – it has been so long since they had a decent laugh. That is a sad state of affairs but shows the busy lifestyle we lead and life is too serious. A good laugh certainly does wonders and picks your mood up fast. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day x

  • Reply Susanne June 18, 2017 at 12:27

    How wonderful that you reconnected with your cousins. I believe you should laugh with everything in your soul…laughter makes everything better! Thank you for sharing with us at Create and Celebrate!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 08:56

      Hi Susanne
      It was so lovely I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it only seemed like yesterday rather than 40 years! Thanks for the opportunity to link up at Create and Celebrate I must link up again. Have a beautiful day and hope you visit again. xx

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