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October 28, 2018

Laughter is such a powerful medicine !!

It has been clinically proven that laughter has a powerful and positive effect on physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing.

When was the last time you had such a good laugh that you had difficulty breathing ? The last time you laughed so hard that you started smacking the person next to you because your laughter was so uncontrollable and had tears streaming down your face ? You know that laugh where you stomp your feet up and down and laugh hysterially, the laugh which remains with you even after the laughter subsides and leaves a smile on your face ?

The more we laugh the more lighter and free we feel. When we learn to take life and ourselves less seriously, we can use our humour as a powerful healer against stress and anguish.

As children we used to laugh so much. I remember growing up, my sisters and I would record our laughs on the old tape recorders and replay it and laugh at it all over again. Laughter warms our hearts and fills our body with love. Nowadays as adults life has become more serious and we are laughing less.

Laughter is such a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. It makes you feel good all over. Humour is so powerful that it lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving. The feel-good chemicals and hormones that are released around our bodies when we laugh, as well as the positive mind frame that we create for ourselves, can do wonders for our morale. It can make us feel connected and uplifted.

And have you noticed that confident people have an interesting ability: no matter how badly they mess up, they are able to laugh at themselves, how many people can do this ? To actually be able to laugh at yourself and not take take things so seriously? To be able to pause and ask yourself that what you are going through is it really that bad, is there absolutely no solution? And most often, the answer is there is a solution and that solution is you, it’s within you. Humour enables you to shift perspective, thus allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light.

Laughter helps you forget resentments, judgments, criticisms, and doubts. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh or even simply a smile can go a long way toward making you feel better. Also who doesn’t agree laughter really is so contagious just hearing laughter triggers your brain and makes you smile and want to join in the fun. We respond to the sound of laughter. How many times have you walked past someone or heard someone laughing that you immediately find yourself smiling? And probably left you thinking when was the last time you laughed like that?

Often when asked what qualities people are after in a partner, a good sense of humour is on top of the list. Laughing attracts people to one another, has the ability to connect people in amazing ways.

Remember, a sense of humour is for free, but with it, you can help to heal and change your life and the life of others. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh.

With so much power to heal and renew, a good hearty laugh, you know the one that you cannot stop that creates a stitch in your stomach relieves so much tension and stress. How many times have you had a good laugh and said “I needed that”?

So after reading this, I hope you have a smile on your face just thinking about those good laughs you’ve had in your lifetime.

Start a conversation with a friend, a work colleague or a family member. Ask them “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?” and hopefully this will get you on your way to an amazing and powerful laughing experience.

Smile, laugh and live longer ????

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