The Importance of Laughter

Hola mi gente! Like a lot of people we are faced with obstacles in our lives that keep us from smiling. Daily stresses, illnesses, tragedies, and debt, just to name a few. As hard as these things may be and as silly as I feel saying it, these are times that we need to force ourselves to smile, be positive, and laugh a little. Laughter is the best medicine. Just like crying, it purifies the soul. I promise if you give yourself a little laugh, things won’t get better instantly, but they will feel less tragic. I want to share with you the importance of laughter and hope you laugh a bit after reading this article.

Laughter Makes Us Healthier Laughter is a good thing. Studies tell us that laughter, humor and joy are an important part of life. Laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and increases muscle flexion. It increases the circulation of antibodies in the blood stream to make us more resistant to infection.

Laughter Touches Our Soul Laughter is good for us physically, but that is just the beginning. Laughter is good for the soul. There is something spiritual in laughter. Laughter brings us closer to each other – and there is something spiritual about people coming together. Laughter provides us a moment of grace. It occurs spontaneously and unexpectedly. It catches us by surprise and we respond with laughter. We never expect to laugh, just as we never expect happiness or good fortune when it arrives. In that grace, we are able to recognize the foresight of our own pursuits.




Laughter Keeps Things in Perspective Laughter helps us to transcend ourselves, and we need that help. Too often we take ourselves far too seriously. There is a danger of taking ourselves, our beliefs and our life too seriously. Fanatics see nothing as funny. Here’s a suggestion. The next time you’re in the middle of an argument, start laughing – not in a derogatory tone, but in the humorous sense of being in on a good joke. Then see if the anger begins to melt away and if you can find a more creative way to handle things. I’ve done this with my son and partner and it actually works. And you know what else? Now I know that when I think about doing it and don’t, that I have lost my perspective.

Laughter Helps Us Stay Positive Laughter can be an important tool for keeping our troubles in proportion, for realizing that things aren’t always as bad as we think they are. But even when things are as bad as we think they are, laughter helps create positive emotions and helps us find a frame of mind in which we can more easily cope with the struggles of life. Laughter eases tension and sharpens our ability to concentrate. Laughter is a lot like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it makes things a lot more acceptable for a while.

Laughter Is Loving If we are able to laugh with each other in our mistakes as well as with the mistakes of others, it suggests we are all flawed and imperfect. Embracing good natured humor, we find the humility to see the foolishness of trying to be perfect and the gift of enjoying the smiles and laughter of love. Children laugh on average 200 times a day and adults only 26 times a day. How many times a day do you experience the rich joy of laughter? If we want to be happier, healthier, and more productive we seriously need to make time to laugh. Because when we laugh, when we really laugh, deep from the belly… and we feel alive!

Laugh it up mi gente, hahahahahahahahahaha!

Dira Monroe ©


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