We have probably been hearing the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine”, ever since our school days, and it was then that we put it into practice laughing a hundred times a day. With all the stresses and tensions that surround our growing up into adults, laughter seems to have become infrequent and life more serious. We often forget that laughter is actually an antidote to this very stress, pain and conflict which works the fastest to ease our minds and bodies. Humour not only elevates our mood but it also increases our focus and alertness. It connects us with those around, releases our anger and allows us to forgive sooner. And the best part, it’s free, fun and easy to use.
Health Benefits of Laughter:
- It builds up your immune system: A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggested that people who laugh often show a decrease of stress-related hormones and an increase in the number of activated T cells and natural killer cells, both of which boast the immune system.
- Laughing instantaneously increases blood flow to the all-important organ of the human body – The Heart.
- According to a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers found that the simple act of laughing which releases the feel-good endorphins into the body along with the deep breaths helps relax the muscles and aids in pain relief.
- Laughter helps burn calories. Researchers have found that laughing for about 10-15 minutes a day, helps burn approximately 40 calories. All the more reason to laugh regularly!
- It lowers your blood pressure and helps your blood vessels to function better.
- It decreases stress and anxiety.
- It helps fight depression. Although you may not feel like, a 2015 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that laughter helps ease your symptoms.
Social Benefits of Laughter:
- Humour brings people together. Laughter is contagious and the more you bring it in your life the happier you and those around you will be.
- It strengths relationships. Shared laughter, especially that comes from spending time with family and friends not just helps you connect face to face with them but also leaves you feeling more positive, happier and relaxed.
- It resolves conflicts and disagreements whether with your partners, family, friends or co-workers. Learn to use humour in a way that builds up your relationship with others rather than breaking them.
- It also enhances teamwork and promotes group bonding.
Ways you can bring Laughter in your life:
- Smile: It is the beginning of laughter. Practice smiling. Instead of being lost on your phone, look up, smile at the people you pass on the streets, the person serving you your coffee or a co-worker you meet in the elevator. Like laughter, smile is contagious too. You will see the effect it has.
- Count your blessings: Think of all the positive aspects of your life. This will help block all the negative thoughts.
- When you hear laughter, move towards it.
- Surround yourself with fun, playful people. Be around people who have the ability to laugh at themselves as well as life’s absurdities. Such people find humour in everyday things. Their energy and playful attitude are contagious.
- Bring Humour into your conversation.
- Stimulated laughter can be just as beneficial as real laughter. Join a Laugh yoga or laugh therapy group. Hearing others laugh, even for no apparent reason, often triggers genuine laughter.
Create Opportunities to Laugh:
- Watch comedy movies, shows and videos
- Read funny stories
- Invite your friends or family to a comedy club
- Play with a child
- Do something silly
Develop your sense of humour:
- Learn to laugh at yourself
- Remember funny things, jokes, stories. Write them down or best, share them with people.
- Attempt to laugh at situations
- Keep out the negative people and thoughts
- Nurture your inner child. Laugh at ordinary things
- Don’t go a day without laughing. Like exercise and food, make it a conscious effort to laugh every day.
The ability to laugh, enjoy and have fun benefits you in more than one way. It helps you solve problems, connect with others and also increases your creativity. When life problems weigh you down and you take life too seriously it is difficult to think out of the box, laughter takes you to a higher place where you can view the world from a more relaxed, positive, and joyful perspective.
Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute relatively common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.