Laughter is the best medicine! Posted on 20 Feb 17:52 , 0 comments

Have you ever noticed

how relaxed and good you feel after laughing at a funny movie, or been told a funny joke? It seems generally accepted that our bodies respond in a positive way to a hearty laugh. Articles in the popular press and medical journals frequently report that laughter, like exercise, can reduce stress and depression, improve tolerance to pain, and alter bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, muscle activity, and stomach acidity.  

The process of laughing releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers.  So it is important to find things which make us laugh and therefore improve mood and general wellbeing.Laughter the best medicine

People have different attitudes and experiences of humour.  Something that one person finds extremely amusing, may annoy another, or they may find it in bad taste.  Humour needs to be appropriate to the situation; however, this can be a matter of opinion.

Laughter therapy is used now in many settings, where children and adults have life threatening illnesses, or serious mental health problems.  People who work in highly emotive and traumatic environments often use humour to counteract the effects of the things they are witnessing or experiencing, because if they didn’t they could ultimately be unable to cope with their work.  However, for people looking in, they may be unable to relate to this type of humour. 

When people are depressed, and someone tries to get them to laugh, they are most likely to be resistant, and feel that they are being made fun of. 

When it is suggested to them to have more exercise, and to watch funny movies they may often think their problems are being minimized and not understood.  However, as exercise and laughter raises the endorphins and therefore the feel good factor, if they are able to take the advice on board, then in time their mood would naturally be altered. 

A negative state of mind depresses the emotions, so it important to be observant about the thoughts we have, and to remain open to the humour that is around us every day, in the smallest of ways.  If you look around you, and notice other people’s smiles and laughter perhaps it can have a positive effect on you. 

Or make sure you watch comedy programmes, or children’s TV, and spend time with people who like to laugh and have a positive attitude.  Many people spend a lot of time on social media, like Facebook, and like to watch the funny clips which other people post.  Some of these may not be appropriate, but many are funny and are harmless humour. 

Notice how you feel in your body when you start to laugh, how it lightens you and releases the tension.  Remember this feeling, and make a promise to yourself, that you will ensure you find ways to have more laughter and fun in your life.  It may help to write down ways that you can do this. 

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