We often hear the phrase ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ from our parents, relatives, fitness instructors and teachers. That is because laughter is an expression that actually has several positive effects on our mood and health. Studies have shown that a Kinder Garten child laughs around three hundred times a day while adults merely laugh on an average around seventeen times a day. It is okay to be silly and laugh out loud as it is going to make you feel very happy and delighted as a result. This medicine really works wonders to cure several types of illnesses. It is healthy for your physical, emotional and overall well-being. Laughter is the medicine for many ailments, feeling of depression, fear and anxiety.
In today’s world, there are several people suffering from depression. Depression is the illness that affects you physically and emotionally in a number of ways – lack of interest in family, friends and fun; state of mind in which you just isolate yourself. We see a lot of people around us who are always sad and depressed. It is very difficult for them to laugh. Being depressed and sad all the time is the mindset which develops and becomes habitual over a period of time. Of course one needs to consult a doctor but the laughter therapy with it will always help cure faster.
Also those who have suffered strokes in the primal brain region have to undertake prolonged sessions of laughter as it has vital role to play. Laughing is the therapy that heals us mentally as well as physically. While we laugh endorphins and other stress releasing hormones are released that make us feel happy, it also results in boosting immunity and relieving pain naturally. It helps in relaxing muscles and releasing stress. Laughter is powerful coping method and a natural antidote for anxiety, stress and depression. Laughing is associated with greater resistance and ability to deal with strain. It influences you to see a world from a positive perspective.
Laughing can instantly change the mood of a person in to a cheerful one and it is difficult to feel negative emotions while you laugh. My Yoga instructor says that if we practice smiling, laughing and laughing out loud, every-day for some time then we will never feel depressed. So not only is it the medicine to fight depression and stress but also to prevent depression. The sixth sense which is really very important for living is sense of humour, which should not be underestimated at all.
Laughing is usually a group activity and sharing joy increases happiness. It enhances our mood through social connection and decreases the feeling of loneliness. Socializing and sharing happiness will help repair the damage caused due to stress and depression.
Depression is serious illness and needs to be cured at the earliest stage. Laughing can definitely help to combat serious illness like depression. There is no loss in laughing and we should never miss any chance to laugh or simply laugh without any reason.