By Ann: Laughter releases endorphins and other hormones and reduces stress and pain. It stimulates all your organs. My mother used to say it tickles your kidneys. It helps to improve your immune system. Some people have no sense of humor and humor can be learned.
Laughter yoga is a great exercise to learn. It’s like internal jogging. At first it might be hard, but you can teach yourself through watching comedy and reading jokes. It is also contagious and if you laugh or hear someone else laughing you automatically want to smile and start laughing which cheers you up and others. People are more drawn to a happy person. Happy people are more successful. Life is full of humor and hilarious events. Laughing is unique to humans brought on by our emotions.
There is inappropriate laughing, for example at someone else’s expense where compassion is needed or maybe in a quiet environment. When we laugh, we take in more oxygen, which is good for our heart and circulation.
It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. So, it is easier to be happy than being sad and you get less wrinkles. Happiness helps you be positive and smiling makes others feel good. Some feel self-conscious to smile or laugh because of their teeth, which a dentist can help with and encourage good dental hygiene or maybe braces or veneers and a healthy diet. Some are shy or lack confidence and don’t like to smile. They say that people who don’t smile have a RBF which is a resting bitch face, and no one wants that. Smartphones can make people antisocial and reduce eye contact and less smiling. Practice smiling in the mirror you might be surprised how beautiful you look and if you can make at least one person each day smile back at you the world will be a better place. Remember, there is a time to laugh, a time to cry, a time to mourn and a time to sleep.
Try to find one thing each day to make you smile and laugh. Your intake of oxygen is increased when you laugh, which stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles. Your brain releases neuropeptides, which help fight off stress, by awakening the senses. Laughter releases dopamine, which your nervous system uses as a reward for the brain and allows you to feel pleasure. Laughter releases serotonin, which helps stabilize moods and acts like a natural antidepressant. Endorphins are a hormone your body releases when we are sad or happy such as pleasurable activities and help reduce stress and pain. Even smiling can release these hormones, which can make you feel happier, even if you force a smile, you feel better. Better relationships are developed as a warm smile is the universal language of kindness, which attracts people even if you cannot speak their language. A smile says a lot. Happiness at work produces better performance and productivity and good energy and since we spend a lot of time in the workplace this is so important for our wellbeing and those around us. There are studies to suggest you may live longer by being a happy person, by lowering blood pressure, boost immunity, less stress, and better relationships.
Learn to laugh at yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously, which will help you to get over things and build a bridge and move on and not hold grudges, instead concentrate on the good things in life and the simple things which are free. For example, the beautiful nature and animals around us just watching the surf and listening to the birds watching clouds in the sky, listening to the rain, as all these things can make you smile and feel-good inside.
Love and Light,