Did you know that having a good laugh can actually help us with our pain?
Tucked away in the middle of your brain is a collection of brain cells working together to produce drugs like serotonin, endorphins and other substances like morphine. These happy hormones work throughout your entire body and stop danger messages from reaching your brain, therefore blocking the feeling of pain. Happy hormones are incredibly powerful, have no side effects, are available 24/7, and are absolutely free.
Your body releases endorphins not only when you exercise, but also when you are having a good laugh. Laughter decreases stress hormones, and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. A good giggle also relieves physical tension and stress, and allows you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light.
This is a great excuse to laugh more! Go see your friends, watch a funny movie, or try a ‘laughter yoga’ class (yes, it exists). And if that isn’t enough, here is some more advice that may help you put that gorgeous smile on your face:
Be more spontaneous and let go! Holding back will get you nowhere. Don’t let fear stand in the way of doing something fun and spontaneous. Life’s too short, so let your hair down and have a great time!
Laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself too seriously and share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about times when you took yourself too seriously.
Look at the bright side. Look for the humor in a bad situation, and uncover the irony and absurdity of life. This will certainly help improve your mood!
Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Put up a funny quote as your screensaver, frame photos of you and your family or friends having fun, or put an item on your desk that reminds you of a time you laughed real loud. Whatever tickles you will do!
Learn from children. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing a lot. Spend some time with them to learn from the best.
What made you laugh today?