When is the last time you had a good laugh? I mean a true belly busting, can’t breathe laugh attack? Yesterday? A week? A month? A year? For many of us, when we really stop to think about it, the answer is far too long. The struggles and stresses of everyday life can easily consume our thought patterns and keep us at an almost constant gaze toward the serious side of our day to day activities.
Don’t get me wrong – Life and how to live it is a serious matter. It is littered with risk, peril, and challenge. You can turn on the news at any given hour of the day and find stories of heartbreak and tragedy. But for every negative story on the news, there are far more positive stories that will never be reported. I’m not saying to just tune out or pretend that negative things don’t exist in this world, but understand that when you constantly feed your mind in the negative, it becomes increasingly harder to remember the good.
Because of this, I think it is extremely important for us to take time each day to seek out the good and find a good laugh. Make it a point to search for humorous stories, videos, pictures or articles on a daily basis. When you’re stuck in traffic or out and about running errands, play a game with yourself; look for something in your surroundings that can cause you to have a chuckle or bring a smile to your face. This isn’t always possible, but the next time something unexpected happens to you, is there a way you could turn that event into a funny story? One of the most important skills we can develop is the ability to laugh at ourselves! Allow yourself to loosen up for a bit and have a good laugh. I mean is it even possible to not feel happier after laughing?
Studies have shown that laughter has been proven to boost our T-cell production, which are cells that specialize in immune system health. Laughter also releases endorphins, our body’s natural pain killers. So do yourself a favor and give it a try; laughter might truly be nature’s best medicine!