Laughter should be part of our daily lives. Not only because it makes us feel better, but also because it is good for us.
Here is a quote from Dr. Gulshan Sethi, a well-known cardiothoracic surgeon in Tucson who saved my husband’s life in 2006. I will always be grateful to him. “Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles”.
There are many ways to include more laughter into our lives, like reading amusing books, watching funny movies, or merely looking at ourselves with a sense of humor, to name a few. Not taking ourselves too seriously will help as well.
I fondly remember a time at the Optimum Health Institute, when we followed our morning exercises with a laughing session on the floor. It was contagious, and it made everyone feel great. The yogi I worked with in Europe also taught spontaneous laughter after certain yoga classes, and I enjoyed those moments of laughter and relaxation. You might feel a little self-conscious at the beginning of a laughing session, but this feeling will disappear rapidly, and when finished you will feel light and happy.
Laughing is beneficial, and it is free! You can do it whenever you feel like it, and who cares if people see you chuckling and wonder what makes you so happy. They might even smile with you. Laughter is contagious, and spreading it is worthwhile.
And, if you are still not convinced, here are six reasons provided by the Chopra Center on why you should embrace the habit of laughing:
- It is contagious
- Reduces the stress response
- Boosts immunity
- Increases resilience
- Combats depression
- Relieves pain
Have fun and laugh often!