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So when was the last time you laughed so hard, it felt like you didn’t have a care in the world? If you can’t seem to answer this question easily, it’s time to start pondering over your inner self. Forget laughs, people these days can’t even carry an honest smile. Where have all the relaxed, happy and fun moments gone? A smile costs nothing and there is no medicine better than a good laugh. As George Bernard Shaw rightly said, you don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing!

The Best Medicine, Indeed

Laughing is healthy for both, the mind and the body. Ever wondered why kids look so carefree, without any stress? Because they laugh at the smallest of things. As per a recent study, kids between ages 4-6 laugh 300 times a day as compared to adults who laugh 12-15 times only. They find happiness in everyday things. They don’t feel shy laughing out loud. And that’s why, they are happy, they sleep well and they are stress-free. As Dr Naiyer Ali, a psychiatrist with a Delhi hospital tells us, “We always keep our mind preoccupied with things like your presentation the next day, managing finances at home, completing targets and other things. This does not allow you a sound sleep. You wake up stressed and there’s no laugh occurring naturally to a stressed person.”

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The other day, I was walking past the society park and I heard a big group of people laughing together. This was the laughter club, which includes laughing as part of their daily exercise regime. Our lives have become so busy and stressful that a plain thing as laughter can’t come to us naturally. We have to join a class and force it? Pity!

Benefits of Laughter

Here are a few proven benefits of laughing:

– Improved Blood Flow: Laughing is said to help in boosting blood flow in the body, thus making you feel fresh and energetic. 

– Better Immunity: A study proves that people with good sense of humour and who often laugh have better immunity and they produce more antibodies as compared to those who don’t laugh as often.

– Maintains Blood Sugar: Laughing is also said to help people have lower blood sugar levels! Who knew?

– Burns Calories: Ah! A solid reason to laugh more, right?

Let’s Make You Laugh

Nobody made their millions being overly serious and glum. It’s not that hard to loosen up and laugh–spend some time with little kids, you’ll be surprised by how their presence alone makes you smile. Catch up with an old friend! Recalling good memories will naturally make you feel happier. Read jokes, watch a comedy, and steer clear of anxiety, boredom and inhibitions. Let loose! Feel the child inside of you once again.

Laugh if you feel like it; don’t worry about the world’s take on your sense of humour. “I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off,” says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist as quoted in webMD, “they might be healthier too.”

A positive attitude towards life, a good family atmosphere and support from friends and colleagues plays a big role. So go on, laugh out loud as if there is no tomorrow.

Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar

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