Learn How to Laugh if You Want to Survive 2020

Peace, tranquility, and safety seem out of grasp for many as 2020 has ushered in an epic year of uncertainty.  Fear of the unknown and the abrupt change of our reality has caused stress levels to soar to unprecedented levels.  This is unfortunate, because the alchemical ingredient needed for the ascension process is based on your ability to harness maintain peace within your consciousness.     

Despite the erratic changes that we are all experiencing, there are natural ways to relieve stress.  The easiest way is to find something to laugh at.  Norman Cousins wrote a book entitled, “Anatomy of Illness” that was based on the true story of how a man treated his own painful illness with the power of laughter.  Cousins theorized there was more to the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” than many people realize.  Today, we know that stress has a negative impact on both your physical and mental health.  Therefore, strengthening both aspects of ourselves is crucial to our survival.

What most people do not realize is that laughter has many positive health benefits, which can counteract the negative effects of the stress response.  When I find myself in a stressful situation, I will often laugh as a natural response to the stimuli.  Although it confuses the person I am dealing with, I know the benefits of doing so.  Laughter increases the function of the immune system, helping the body to fight off illness and disease.  As COVID-19 is constantly mutating and spreading at an alarming rate, strengthening your immune system is paramount.

Studies have shown that laughter causes the increased production of catecholamines and endorphins. These chemicals, when released by the brain into the bloodstream during laughter, increases your feeling of happiness and well-being.  Laughter also decreases the secretion of cortisol and the sedimentation rate, and therefore is beneficial in stimulating the body’s immune system.  When you laugh, the flow of Oxygen in the blood increases.  Arteries relax, your heart rate and blood pressure are lowered, circulation increases, and the skin temperature rises.  All these physical responses have a beneficial effect on both cardiovascular and respiratory health.

Laughter has the potential to help speed up the healing process, and increase overall health and well-being, when its benefits are fully realized as a part of a stress management plan. While the average person laughs approximately 8 to 10 times daily, a stress management plan which includes laughter as a part of the daily program requires rigorous “laughing” as an exercise to be performed several times throughout the day.  Full belly laughter, which is an involuntary response of the human brain, can be triggered by watching comedies, listening to comedians, telling jokes, or just allowing oneself to take part in fun and silly activities.  

Auset’s Stress Management Tips

I encourage each of you to engage in activities that will put a smile on your face.  Surround yourself with loving, carefree people as often as you can and watch comedy shows.  My favorite comedians are Michael Blackson, Dave Chappelle, and Bernie Mac. You can watch many of their old recordings on YouTube.  I have shared some of my favorite episodes with members of the Golden Race and Inner Sanctum.  Now they know why I encouraged them to watch them. 

Listen to one of our guided meditations daily when you first wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night.  They will assist you in relieving stress and in visualizing what you want in your reality.  Although the world may appear to be ending for many, it is just beginning for those who can expand their consciousness and cultivate peace within and around them. 

Get involved with the Home School Network. I am always creating fun activities for our participants. Working with the children regularly will definitely put a smile on your face.

Finally, do not fall prey to the stress factory news outlets by allowing your mind to ponder all the scary events that may never happen to you personally.  Find something that can put a smile on your face and bring joy to your heart and focus on that solely.  Your heart, mind, and soul will thank you for doing so.  

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