How often do you laugh? How often do you smile? When was the last time you were laughing so much that your sides hurt. It has long been said that laughter is the language of the soul, and here is why.

Laughing is the best medicine

Research has shown that the health benefits of laughing are far-ranging. While more studies need to be done, results from research carried out so far have shown that laughing can help relieve pain, bring greater happiness, and even increase immunity.  In addition, medical research has suggested that laughing is a good way to reduce stress and stimulate the release of the body’s feel-good hormones (endorphins).

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Speaking in tongues

According to psychologists, ‘when we laugh, we’re moved not by religious fervour but by an unconscious response to social and linguistic cues.’

Have you ever thought how many times your child laughs during the day? One study suggests that healthy children may laugh as much as 400 times per day, but adults tend to laugh only 15 times per day. I would say that virtually all of us could use a little more laughter in our lives, considering how beneficial a good laugh can actually be for our stress levels and overall wellness.

Health benefits of laughing, and how to incorporate more humour and fun into your life

Smile at yourself:

When you wake up spend a few seconds in front of your bathroom’s mirror and just smile. Just look at yourself and smile! It may sounds or feel silly but try to “warm up” your facial muscles and notice your wrinkles that your face has when you are smiling. Trust me, they are the most beautiful wrinkles that you have!

Laughing as a medicine

Smile at others:

Everyone knows how to distinguish the fake smile from the real one. So, I mean the real smile. Try to smile more often with your partner, family, colleagues, and friends. In fact, why not smile at some cute people that you see on the street or in other public places. Who knows, you might get a smile back!

Sense of humour:

While checking your Facebook profile or other social networking sites, have a look at some of the comedians jokes or funny blogs, or Youtube clips that will make you laugh. Imagine how many times your will smile if you do that!

General tips:

Wear bright colours, especially white sweaters or bright colours accessories. Listen to songs that have lyrics with a positive meaning. Try to replace the words you use that have negative meanings with positive ones; for example, instead of replying “I am not bad, thanks” say “I am fine, thanks”; instead of  “I am in a blue mood today” say “I am not in such a good mood today”. Replace negative words with positive – replace “no or not” with “maybe, perhaps, possible”.

Exercise:

Do Laughter Yoga:  this is one of the latest yoga-inspired trends. Pull funny faces to your friends. Remember – laughing is contagious!

Come on, have a laugh and bring the positive energy to your people around you and, most importantly, to yourself!

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