Laughter is truly the best medicine!

white-woman-black-man-laughing-on-trainHave you ever tried to make a statement with your laughter? Funny question huh? No… I’m not talking about having to deliberately laugh loud enough while pretending to have a good time with someone in a coffee shop after you see your ex walk in… I’m actually talking about that belly rumbling laugh.  The kind that has you gasping for air afterwards. Have you ever laughed so hard that you felt your gut would give in or your eyes would start the joyful waterworks as an automatic response? Those are the best kinds of laughs one can express! Not just for happiness in general, but for your overall well-being…

Now you might ask, “what if nothing is funny enough to laugh at?” or “what if people around me think I’m being tickled by plain idiocy?”

Well, to answer these questions:

1. There are plenty of things to laugh at that are easily accessible because of mediums like social media, the internet and technology in general. All you have to do is search for something funny and sooner or later you will find the kind of thing that tickles you pink (Because laughing till you’re blue in the face would require a call to 911 and that is not the objective here people!). You could try the old prank on a friend if you know they are lighthearted enough to enjoy the joke or you can simply think back to things that interested you or made you laugh when you were younger . Whatever it is you look to for a good laugh, you will probably find it and it will put a bounce in your step almost instantly.

2. Who cares what other people think of you? We spend too much time worrying about the impression we give to other people, but is there really any worth in that? You might actually find that the very people you are scared of having fun around are probably feeling the same things you are and actually would love for someone else to be the ‘weirdo’ in the bunch first. It’s funny (no pun intended) the kind of things that inspire people. So put your ego aside and enjoy life. You deserve it!… And maybe, just maybe the people around deserve it as well.

Laughter is therapeutic – on a spiritual, emotional and physical level

I remember watching a video the other day of a guy on a train with his earphones on, laughing hysterically at something he was watching on his iPad and he didn’t care about the people around him. In fact, the people around him started laughing simply because he was laughing. The more he laughed the more they laughed – not even knowing what was so funny, but laughing is so contagious that they couldn’t help themselves.

This to me was pure, unwavering joy! The kind of joy that makes someone even standing at a distance look at the situation and feel warm inside. laughter is truly therapeutic and the more we laugh the more we raise our frequency to happiness and good health. If your laughter allows others to experience the same kind of joy, are you not then making a subtle contribution to humanity?

According to study, laughter has the ability to heal the body of ailment, sickness and disease. Yup, you can actually laugh yourself into a cure. Laughter really has a genuine healing response.

Okay, so I’m going to get a little technical now, but for the sake of science and all other studies, humor me (hehe, see what I did there?)… I promise I’ll be brief.

So when we laugh we release a chemical called endorphins (neuropeptides) which are more popularly known as ‘happy hormones’ – The same kind of hormones that are released during exercise and sex. When this chemical is released it, in turn, spurs a response for such neuropeptides  or short-chain polypeptides to latch on to the immune system and this actually promotes a healthy response to the body. So the more we laugh the healthier we are and the more we make others laugh the healthier they are.

So in short, laughter is great for you! Make a conscious decision to laugh more everyday. You’ll be happier for it and healthier too. ♥

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