As we go about our daily lives, it is easy for the challenges we face to pile up and overwhelm us. Before we realize it, we accumulate more stress in our body than we know how to manage. Left unchecked the stress can affect our productivity, mood and health. At times like this, I laugh. No, it is not because I have lost my mind, but because laughter is good for the soul. In fact, I value laughter so much that I try to laugh at least a few times each day.
The Benefits of Laughter
Studies show that when you laugh on a regular basis, you gain the following benefits:
-Lower stress levels
-Stronger immune system
-Lower bad cholesterol and higher good cholesterol
But these are not the only reasons I love to laugh.
Why I Love to Laugh
1. Laughter Makes Me Feel Good
It never fails to amaze me how a good laugh can change my mood. I might be feeling blue or my heart may be heavy with burden. But after a hearty laugh, I suddenly feel more buoyant. My whole perspective changes and the world becomes a more cheerful place as well. It seems as if anything is possible. This is why I always make it a point to have a good-hearted belly laugh when I can.
2. Laughter Helps Me to Relax
When I have a lot to do or tight deadlines to meet, it is easy for stress to build up in my body. At times like these, a good laugh reminds to take things less seriously. It does not matter if it is sitcoms, spoofs, deadpan or campy humour. All of these are my favourite forms of humour and they work equally well for me. After a good dose of laughing therapy, I end up feeling more relaxed and less stressed. In fact, I always look forward to my favourite Korean drama each evening to have a good laugh.
3. Laughter Clears My Mind
Sometimes, when I have a lot on my mind, it can be hard to think clearly. The more I try to resolve an issue, the worse it becomes. I can stubbornly mull over a problem for a long time and not find an answer. By then, I would have become too deeply involved to see things clearly.
Instead of pressing forth relentlessly, I have found that it is good to stop, take a step back and laugh. Laughter clears my mind and helps me to focus on the present moment. I cannot laugh whole-heartedly and think of my problem at the same time. It is one or the other. Through laughter, I gain the clarity and detachment I need to find a solution to the challenge I face.
4. Laughter Creates and Strengthens Bonds
Laughing is great, but it is better to laugh with others. It is fascinating to watch how a good and hearty laugh establishes a bond between strangers when there was none before. Laughter helps to break down barriers and create common ground between people. Naturally, a good laugh between friends is one of the joys of life. This is something we should all do more often.
If there were such a thing as a free lunch, laughing is it. Laughter costs you nothing and gives you many benefits in return. So whenever you are feeling blue or troubled, try to find a way to make yourself laugh. One way would be to keep a ready supply of jokes or comedies that tickle your funny bone. That way, they are always within reach when you need a good laugh.
Do you like to laugh a lot? When was the last time you laughed? What tickles your funny bone? Do share your thoughts and comments below.