Laughter is Healing

Laughing is a good emotional and physical release from stress. A good laugh exercises the stomach muscles and diaphragm – It relaxes the shoulders and it’s good for your heart too!

We probably all need to laugh at ourselves more often – many of us take ourselves far too seriously!

Laughter distracts us from any problems or worries we may have. Of course it won’t make problems go away – but it can give us a healthier attitude towards them and can divert our focus from them.

When we laugh, we can transform our negative emotions – such as from anger, frustration or worry into a happier frame of mind. 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. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh-or even simply a smile-can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious-just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in on the fun.

Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter, as you might with working out, and build from there. Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into the fabric of your life, finding it naturally in everything you do.

The ability to laugh, play, and have fun with others not only makes life more enjoyable-it also helps you solve problems, connect with others, and be more creative. People who incorporate humor and play into their daily lives find that it renews them and all of their relationships.

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