My favorite people are those who make me laugh. My least favorite--those who grumble and complain and whine. (Note to self: do not be one of THOSE people.) You probably have people you like to hang out with--and those whom you'rd rather manufacture a root canal than to spend a moment in their company.
Turns out you were right. Hanging out with fun people isn't just good for your psyche. It's good for your body as well.
It has long been known that laughter releases those feel-good endorphins, chemicals that boost mood. These endoprhins can also reduce pain, lower blood pressure, and improve the immune system. Doctors are even conducting workshops to show participants how to produce deep belly laughs.
What does that mean for us?
In a world that grows increasingly grim (at least according to the media), we should seek out reasons to laugh. Can't find anything to laugh about? Watch re-runs of I LOVE LUCY or THE THREE STOOGES or whatever rocks your boat. Laugh until your sides hurt. Laugh until tears run down your cheeks. Just laugh.
This I know for sure: laughter is chicken soup for the soul and for the body.