Have you ever heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Surprisingly, that’s true, so let me help you discover some of the things that laughter can do for you. Being a habitual early morning walker in the neighbourhood park, I regularly find many people like me standing together in a corner and laughing boisterously without any rhyme or reason. Initially, it came to me as a great shocking surprise, for I found no reason for them to laugh at all.
But as the mystery was unfolded, I was given to understand that all of them were active members of a laughter brigade, who laughed daily as a ritual to provide their lungs with the much-required free flow of oxygen.
Laughing takes off your tension and makes you forget the frets and fumes of daily moments. There is little surprise that owing to its magical effect, even a patient is advised to have a hearty laugh by his/her doctor these days. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humour and laughter strengthens your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
Laughter helps one to forget the worries of the future and pains of the past. When people laugh together, it brings them closer and improves their relationship. It also helps them to enhance their communication. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Hearty laughter increases your respiratory activity, oxygen exchange, muscular activity, blood pressure and heart rate. Researchers say that laughing one hundred times a day equals 10 minutes of rowing. Laughter is a drug-free tranquilizer that has no unpleasant side effects. It is said that an average child laughs about once every 10 minutes. That’s over 100 times a day.
A cheerful attitude towards life gives one the strength to face adversity boldly and courageously. Everyone likes a cheerful person. He is like the bright sunshine for others. Laughter is music to people’s ears; it fills us with light and drains our hidden pain. The ability to laugh is a durable gift that never loses value. Here’s what British film actress Audrey Hepburn has to say about laughter: “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”