This morning I am grateful for amazing friends and for the gift of laughter.
Last night I got together with an amazing group of friends. We went to a
lace called The Real Escape, and participated in an escape room called The Mavis House. In a nutshell as a group we were locked in a house that was a scene of a grizzly murder and have to work as a team to solve various problems and get your way out, while at the same time solving the murder. When the event was initially proposed I thought it was a strange concept to pay to be locked in a room and have to escape. By the end of the evening we had so many laughs, it was a great time. It was a little terrifying, but at the same time challenging and hilarious.
First off, it’s about having fun. Whether you beat the room or the room beats you, what is most important is that you enjoy the challenge. In our case we beat the room, so the competitive side of me really enjoyed that. Especially because there is currently only a 22% success rate in escaping the room. But I did have to change my mindset going in… it was a good reminder for me to just live in the moment, and that it is not always about winning. Sometimes it is the experience that matters. Living in the moment, and laughing a lot.
Studies also prove that we change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure goes up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.
People who believe in the benefits of laughter say it can be like a mild workout, and may offer some of the same advantages as a workout.
According to Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a Psychologist and laugh therapist, “The effects of laughter and exercise are very similar”. “Combining laughter and movement, like waving your arms, is a great way to boost your heart rate.” says Wilson
One pioneer in laughter research, William Fry, claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.
Another researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories.
So last night not only did I have fun, but I burned calories too. Win, Win.
It also reminded me that I am grateful for amazing friends and for the gift of laughter.