Laughter is the best medicine. Laughing has many benefits to your health. It can improve your physical, mental and emotional health. It lessens stress, increases immune cells, fights infections and helps resist disease. Laughter is very beneficial to relationships and produces a general sense of well-being. It is almost impossible to be anxious or worried and laugh at the same time.
The best thing about laughter…it is free! You don’t have to get a prescription, go to the drug store and pay money for something that might make you feel better. Laughter costs nothing and in my opinion, it works better than a lot of medications. People who are sick or in hospitals have been known to have improved health due to laughing. In the Cancer Treatment Centres of America, they are using laughter therapy to help their patients. You can read the article here.
Maybe you haven’t laughed in a long time because of situations in your life. Maybe you don’t feel like there is anything to laugh at. You might be struggling with health issues, emotional problems or relationship breakdowns. Life can be very discouraging and depressing at times when all you can see is the negative side. This is why you need to try to look at things with a positive perspective instead of a negative perspective. Laughter can really help. Read this article from the Mayo Clinic about the benefits of laughter.
Here are some ways to add laughter to your life:
- surround yourself with funny and encouraging people
- watch a funny movie
- read a funny book
- schedule time for laughter each day
- laugh when you make a mistake
- try to see things from a positive perspective
- get a coach who can help you change your perspective
You can laugh about a lot of things in life that may not seem funny. It takes a lot of practice if you are normally negative and serious, but you can do it. One time I was walking downtown and I felt my slip sliding down my legs right in the middle of a busy sidewalk. I was starting to feel embarrassed and my brain was telling me to leave the slip on the ground and walk away quickly but I chose to just reach down and pick up my slip, stuff it in my purse and smile at the people around me. It was much more comfortable feeling amused than upset.
So put on a smile, develop a positive perspective and laugh!!
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.