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The Benefits of Laughter

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter”-E.E. Cummings

Laughter is a beautiful thing.

A good laugh can make you feel more alive and optimistic.

The laughter I’m talking about here is real laughter, not fake or forced laughter.  It’s the giggles you hear from small children at play.  It’s the laughter that takes you over and is beyond your control.

We enjoy laughing so much that there are industries designed specifically to make us laugh.  Some examples include comedy shows, sitcoms, and my favorite talk show, Ellen DeGeneres!

The great thing about laughter is that it’s highly contagious.  Those deep-hearted chuckles can spread through a room in seconds.

It feels so good to laugh and to see others laughing too.

There is no doubt about it that laughter evokes a feeling of happiness.

Laughter not only provides a temporary joyful feeling, but it offers a number of other benefits as well.

3 Benefits of Laughter

  1. It’s Healthy for You

There is some truth behind the old saying that laughter is the best medicine.

Studies have shown that laughter is good for both your body and mind.

Some of the physical health benefits include relaxing your muscles, reducing pain, and boosting your immune system.

Some of the mental health benefits include easing stress and anxiety, improving your mood, and may help lesson depression.

  1. It Connect You with Others

Social connection is a key component to a happy life.  It’s natural for individuals to want to share bonds with others.  We want companionship.  We want to love and be loved.

Laughter is a great way in which to bond with people.   Humor can help create positive emotional connections with others.

As I’m sure you already know people who smile and laugh are much more likeable and approachable than those with a grumpy face.

During difficult life challenges laughter has the power to unite us and help us cope.

Integrating more humor and laughter into your daily life can improve all your relationships.  It will help you feel a stronger connection to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.

  1. It Connects You with Your Higher Self

Laughter happens when we find something humorous.   But what makes something humorous?

Something is humorous if whatever is said or done brings you beyond your current perspective or expectations. It occurs when you have an insightful and sudden shift in your perspective.

Humor carries an element of surprise in that it can take you somewhere that you didn’t expect or even considered.  And this surprise feels amusing.

It feels surprising and amusing because you have momentarily tapped into your bigger and broader self; your True self or Higher self.  In other words, you stepped into a higher level of awareness or consciousness.

Your True self knows that life is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not serious and stressful.

Have you ever noticed that many wise, spiritual teachers smile and laugh a lot?  The Dalai Lama refers to himself as a professional laugher.  Whenever you look at pictures or figures of Buddha he is smiling and laughing.

It’s because these wise teachers were and are frequently connected with their True self.  They find much humor in everyday life.  It’s as if life itself is viewed as a comedy show.

Who wouldn’t want to feel this connection more often?  It will help change your view on life.  You will feel more fun and free and life won’t seem so serious anymore.

Final Thoughts

It’s no joke. Laughter is important in life.  It makes you feel happiness, along with many other benefits.  Figure out what makes you laugh.  Some suggestions that may help include going to comedy clubs, attending laughter yoga classes, watching funny movies or TV shows,  or hanging out with funny friends.  Try your best to bring laughter into your life every day!

Photo Credit: Image by Ernst Moeksis via Flickr

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