Laughter is the best medicine

Opinion — By on September 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

By Ayesha Kaushik, 29 September 2012

We’ve all heard the famous saying that laughter is the best medicine, but do you really think laughter is something so powerful that it may be as effective as medicine can be?

Laughter is infectious, without doubt. It can convey some meanings more effectively than words and is a universal language on its own. Laughter can spread around one another faster than we can imagine, increasing happiness and intimacy amongst people, engaging them with each other.

Studies show that laughter generates healthy physical changes in our body, directing it to relax which lightens the physical tension and stress present within. Humor and laughter strengthen our immune system, giving us a boost of energy, leaving us enthusiastic and aware, as well as diminishing any kind of pain and allowing us to tolerate any kind of discomfort. Laughter protects our heart as it improves the functioning of blood vessels and increases the blood flow, thereby preventing heart attacks and also improving the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain.

Laughter can also be beneficial for our mental health. A daily dose of laughter eases anxiety and fear, which could build us up to stronger and brighter personalities, improving our job performance as well and awakening the creative sides of us. Laughter leaves us feeling energized and renewed, ready to face life’s daily stresses and fight the frustration without being overwhelmed too easily. It establishes a positive emotional atmosphere and sense of connection between two people and is also said to be by some researchers as the chief function of laughter is to bring people together. It can also bring optimism and a more positive attitude towards our lives.

As an individual, I do agree to laughter being the best medicine. Sometimes in the long run, we forget how important it is to laugh a bit. Sometimes life is taken too seriously. Taught to speed everything up all around, we’re sometimes left with no time to laugh, no time to even let go of everything. Statistically, children laugh between 300 to 400 times a day whilst adults only laugh around 15 to 17 times a day. What a shame that is! It clearly shows we have no time for laughter, as we are catching up to the stage of being labeled as adults. However, it is by far the best medicine ever as it is only beneficial and nothing else. It has no side-effects, is priceless and fun, free and easy to use! So be proud, laugh out loud.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

–Charlie Chaplin.

 

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