Laughter is the best medicine. It is better than cough syrup, Advil, or the chicken soup that your mother said would alleviate your flu. Laughter does not use traditional medicinal ingredients bottled in capsule form but it is easy to swallow. So why exactly is it the best medicine?
We genuinely laugh when we are happy. The laugh is accompanied by a smile and sometimes even a wink. Being happy is generally preferred to feeling sad and fearful. Although anger may feel like a good release in the moment, its consequences are often negative.
Laughter lets one brush away the bad moments like a broom that brushes debris off the floor and into the wastebasket. Rid yourself of the emotional debris that may be weighing heavily on your mind. Heavy thoughts create stress which can appear in the form of stiff muscles in many areas of your body.
Stress and Your Body
Back pain and leg pain are conditions that often result from stiff or sore muscles. Laughter actually stretches the body, loosening the muscles. A hearty laugh can be a workout for the stomach. Have you ever giggled so hard and for so long that your abdominal muscles actually hurt? Your facial muscles also get a good workout.
Laughter does not require consuming a certain amount of pills each day. It can occur naturally when you hear a funny joke or see a comical video on television. Laughter is a form of stress management.
Also, when you laugh you breathe in large amounts of oxygen. Oxygen increases circulation as well as mental clarity. These benefits may explain the growing popularity of oxygen bars.
Laughter and Attachment
Laughter also connects you to others as you join together for a joyful moment. The feeling of attachment leaves you feeling less alone and more positive.
You are more likely to feel motivated and pursue goals than lie on the couch. Physical movement stretches muscles that otherwise would not be worked and become tense.
The Here And Now
A good laugh encourages you to be in the moment, rather than concentrate on your past failures. When giggling, you are positive and concentrate on being happy and living in the moment.
Try not to take yourself too seriously. When you make a small error, laugh at yourself. Remember that no one is perfect. Not taking yourself too seriously shows confidence and the ability to put mistakes into perspective. Was that error really the end of the world? Likely not.
Laugh with others rather than at them. Giggling at someone else’s expense is wrong. Whether laughing at ourselves or with one another, laughter really is the best medicine.