Laughter Is The Best MedicineAuthor: Catherine Pulsifer
Laughter brightens your day. One of the best things to do if you are in a bad mood, or if you are feeling down, is to laugh. It makes you feel better. As children, we laughed much more than we do as adults. Unfortunately, we grow up with sayings like:
"life isn't all fun and games",Sayings like these seem to erode the childlike attitude we once had towards laughter. As we grow older, we somehow don't see it as appropriate to laugh as much.
Laughter, though, is one of the best medicines we can give ourselves. Studies have shown that laughter actually improves your health. Just like exercising everyday, laughing every day will also improve your health.
- Find ways to take yourself less seriously, like the old saying goes, "don't sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff.
- Looking for the positive in situations, remember Elbert Hubbard's saying, "Positive anything is better than negative nothing".
- Allow yourself to express your sense of humor. As William James once said, "Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
Count how many times you have laughed today. Find ways to laugh more often - watch a comedy on TV, rent a funny movie, read a joke book, watch children playing, the list can go on and on. Find humor in everyday life situations!
Some people feel that laughter during their work hours is not something that they should engage in but laughter is appropriate no matter where you work. Actually, work is a lot less stressful if they are many times during the day that you can have a really good outrageous laugh and all employees should be encouraged to have a few good laughs. You may have heard that there is such a thing as laughter yoga where you actually force yourself to laugh and this is really effective when you can get a few more people to join in. It seems that when one person starts to really laugh hard, others cannot avoid starting to laugh themselves and so the more you have engaged, the better this makes everyone participate.
If you really know the great benefits of laughter for your health, you will make sure that laughter is also encouraged at home. And, if you are alone, put on a super funny comedy movie or TV show and laugh out loud as much as possible. This kind of laughter has helped many people through illness and had helped them improve their health.
You may also know this but I'll repeat it at any rate; it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown so why be sad when it is easier to be happy.
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