Laughter is powerful. In fact, research has shown that the health benefits of laughter are far-ranging.
Laughter can evoke emotion - like when you hear someone else laugh, you might even start to laugh (and feel better) - and can create both conscious and subconscious, positively-charged, deep-seeded physiological benefits when we laugh ourselves.
Kids laugh about 400 times a day; adults only about 15 times. What's wrong with this picture? We, as adults, must laugh more - both to be happier and to be healthier.
Beyond that, when laughter is shared with others, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter is also a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict.
Laughter and, really, humor in general can improve the quality of your relationships by allowing you to be more spontaneous, let go of defensiveness, release inhibitions, and express your true feelings.
Yes, laughter makes us feel better emotionally, but it's much more than that. Laughter can also make us healthier and can help reduce our chances of illness and disease.
It can even help us live longer.
There is the somewhat famous story about Norman Cousins (the well-known prominent political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate) and how he "cured" himself of heart disease and a severe form of arthritis, mostly by laughter.
Others claim they have been cured of cancer and other terminal illnesses, at least partly through laughter.
Some of the positive physiological effects of laughter are:
Yes, the curative powers of laughter have been well documented. Just as important is the concept that laughter makes anyone happier. Try it. Be like a child. Laugh more and laugh often. You really can learn to laugh at any stage of life.
First, it’s important to set aside time specifically to focus on funny stuff, as you may do with your exercising or other activities, and build from there. Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into your entire life, making it part of everything you do.
Here are some specific strategies to make that happen:
One essential characteristic that also helps us laugh more is not taking ourselves too seriously. Lighten up. Sure, life can be tough, but there are always ways to reduce that stress and take life (and yourself) less seriously. For example…
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