I am sure that like me, a lot of you must have had moments when everyone or everything is very serious but you suddenly start laughing or giggling without really paying attention to others around you or someone shared an important piece of information but you found it funny & thus it had you in splits!
Since a really long time, we have always heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” and the same was taught to us in school as well. Laughter, smiles and humor is always encouraged, provided it doesn’t hurt any sentiments.
“Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles,” says Dr. Gulshan Sethi, head of cardiothoracic surgery at the Tucson Medical Center and faculty at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
Studies have found that laughter can have healing properties; and it’s contagious. Here are six reasons why you should start laughing today.
Laughter is Contagious
Why do you think people say this? It is for the simple reason that if someone around you is laughing, even if you do not know the reason behind it, somehow you end up laughing with them.
When you make friends or look for like-minded people, you will realize that somehow we are always drawn to people we can have a good laugh with. Even in a family, we are more comfortable and open to discussions with people who take it easy, know how to take a joke and laugh without inhibitions. A genuine smile, loud and care-free laughter always drives us towards that individual because with them being around, we feel stress-free and happy.
Laughter Reduces the Stress Response
When you laugh, it stimulates blood flow which in turn induces more oxygen in the body which is a good sign. When oxygen and blood flow are regulated, the body stays relaxed which in turn keeps you calm.
Laughter Boosts Immunity
According to one study done at Indiana State School of nursing, mirthful laughter may increase natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells.
Laughter Increases Resilience
Resilience is the ability to see failure as natural progression to success rather than as a negative outcome.
The ability to acknowledge failure or mistakes is the sign of a positive person. If these things do not rattle you or anger you and you work towards finding a solution or getting better, it automatically makes life stress-free which will always ensure positive results for any and every individual.
Laughter Combats Depression
If you are sad or depressed or going through a tough time, if you grab the opportunity and see the silver lining, it is a sign that you can fight it out and emerge victorious in the walk of life. Sometimes situations are really difficult and really stressful.
If we even try to look at the positive side or take a step to stop for a second and let the brain relax, it will show us the right path; the path towards success. In such situations, a good laugh is the best medicine or the best advice that can be shared by people around us.
Laughter Relieves Pain
I have personally gone through a lot of tough situations in these last 3yrs. luckily, my family is extremely and I have awesome friends. Now this of course doesn’t mean that I do not feel low or feel any pain, but somehow they find a way or give me a reason to smile or laugh or act the “crazy-by-birth” way.
If anyone is going through a rough phase, a good laugh will give them hope; a good laugh acts as an encouragement to not give u p; a good laugh can mean that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Therefore friends, laugh to your hearts’ content! Of course do not do it at someone else’s expense but never miss out on an opportunity to laugh and grab few moments of peace in our fast-paced lives. Remember that all of us are naturally & automatically drawn to happy & positive individuals as they are more approachable and belive in enjoying every moment in life – big or small and do not give up if life throws them in a difficult situation.
Be that person for yourself. Be that person for someone else.