Laughter is the best medicine. This adage is backed up by scientific facts and human experience. And in a fast-paced life filled with stress and heartache, a little laughter could go a long way. The world could seem like a dark and depressing place for most people. But, occasionally, something genuinely funny pops out from the rubble, and it wouldn’t hurt to laugh at life’s little blunders from time to time. As what William James—an American physician, philosopher, and educator, who many consider the father of modern psychology—intelligently said, “We don’t laugh because we’re happy. We’re happy because we laugh.”
Taking advantage of all the sunshine and rainbows in life does wonders for one’s body, mind, and soul. Do you ever notice how a dreadful day feels like it could go on forever while a good day feels like it just ended in the blink of an eye? Laughter even changes our mindset and perception of the world, and this makes everything easier. Here are some tips to invite more laughter and positive attitude in our life.
- Just Smile More Often
Sometimes, the easiest thing to make you laugh is just smiling more often. According to psychologist Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D., “It sounds like the best diet, beyond that it’s been touted as the best medicine.” Research shows that the simple act of smiling triggers neurological and hormonal changes in your body, making you feel much healthier and happier. This can also serve as your laughter warmup, so you are prone to more laughter throughout the day. So as soon as you wake up in the morning, just go and show off your pearly whites for the world to see.
- Get Out And Exercise
Don’t just sit on the couch and look at your phone all the time. Get out of the house and exercise as much as you can. “As long as you turn off your alerts, turn on your music, and focus on what you’re doing, physical activity can help you take your mind off of your worries”, said psychologist John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Everyone is aware of the health benefits of exercise, but apparently, it also makes us more open to laughter. Endorphins are released in the brain when one engages in exercise, paving the way for more feel-good chemicals to do their magic on the body. Also, it stimulates the mind so that you can perform better at school or work.
- Surround Yourself With People
It’s generally not a clever idea to lock yourself in your room and bottle up all your emotions by yourself. Aside from being counterintuitive to your emotional health and well-being, this is not a good outlet for your body coping with the stresses and demands of life. Go hang out with people, especially the ones who make you happy by just being in their presence. In addition to that, you strengthen your bonds with the people who matter and your social life blossoms too.
- Get Playful And Flirty
Whether you are single or in a relationship, it doesn’t take much skill or talent to flirt with your friends or significant other. You don’t even have to take yourself seriously. Let loose, enjoy yourself, and indulge in some fun with the man or woman who makes your heart flutter. This may seem silly and laughable at times, but that’s the whole point of flirting. And for the single people out there, you never know if that person you’re flirting with likes you back as well.