Thursday, April 5, 2012

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

Laughter is our 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.

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.

Research has shown that the health benefits of laughter are far-ranging., studies so far have shown that laughter can help relieve pain, bring greater happiness, and even increase immunity.

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. 

                            Creating opportunities to laugh

Watch a funny movie or TV show
   Go to a comedy show.
   Read the funny books.
   Seek out funny people
   Share a good joke or a funny story.
   Check out your bookstore's for humor section
   Go to laughter joint.
   Go around with kids 
 Here are some ways to start:
Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s   contagious. The same holds for smiling. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling.

§  Count your blessings. 

   Literally make a list. The simple act of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humor and laughter. When you’re in a state of sadness, you have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.
§  When you hear laughter, move toward it. 

  Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group, but usually not. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it

§  Spend time with fun, playful people.

 These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.


The shortest distance between two people is  "SMILE"

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