When you’re smiling
When you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with youWhen you’re laughing
When you’re laughing
The sun comes shining through
Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
Humor is infectious. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health
- Count your blessings. Make a list. The act of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humor and laughter. When in a state of sadness, we have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.
- When you hear laughter, move toward it. Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it.
- Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
- Bring humor into conversations. Share a joke or a funny story. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you this year?”
- Optimist contributor Wes Morgan: originally posted July 28, 2011