Have you heard the saying,“Laughter is the best medicine”? As the Goddess of Pleasure & Possibilities, I truly believe this to be true. I love to laugh. No surprise there with the Goddess of Pleasure as my Influencing Goddess Archetype! Laughing is infectious and humor can be very healing. It increases feelings of happiness. Laughter creates connection. Laughter truly is potent medicine for the mind, body and spirit. Humor and laughter can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.
The best thing about laughter is that it is free and good for your health. No out of pocket expense involved. When you laugh, you feel good. Those good feelings stay with you even after the laughter has subsided. Humor helps you keep a positive outlook on life. It helps you through difficult challenges. When you laugh there is an increase in blood flow and oxygenation in the muscles. This stimulates your heart and releases endorphins that help you feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally for up to 45 minutes later. So when you’re feeling stressed, watch a funny YouTube video clip, cue up a good comedy series or movie, or have a friend tell you a joke.
Laughter also helps fight against depression. You feel a bit down and a good friend shows up and makes you laugh. You try not to laugh because you feel down, but it’s funny so you feel yourself begin to laugh. Laughter is a great way to take hold of your downward spiral. The laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which are your body's natural feel-good chemicals. When you are starting to have a bad day, use humor to lift you up and put yourself around positive, funny people. Carry a picture that reminds you of a funny time.
When you are unhappy, you can get stuck in that downward spiraling mindset so you want to nip it before it takes hold and grows bigger. When you can find humor in situations that may make you feel depressed, you are able to see things with a fresh pair of eyes. A new perspective can move you in a positive direction. Even if you don’t feel like laughing, laugh. Forced laughter still releases the endorphins that are good for your body and improve your mood. Try it! Right now! I dare you! Just start laughing. It may feel contrived at first but within a few seconds, you will find the laughter has become genuine.
Laughter is a nurtured practice. You can begin by prioritizing some fun in your life. Set aside some time in your day or week to just have fun. Look into Laughter Yoga – yes, that's a thing! Don't allow your age to stand in your way. Your age has no meaning. Share laughter with family and friends. Laughter will always be the best medicine to soothe your body, mind, and spirit!
Call to Action
My mentor's request to you is to find or create ways to bring more laughter into your life. Here are some ways you might start:
Practice Gratitude – Count your blessings. Make a list of all the good in your life. When you are in a state of appreciation/gratitude, you keep those negative thoughts at bay and open the space for humor and laughter.
Smile – Smiles, like laughter, are contagious. When you look at someone or see something that is pleasing to you, smile! Smile at the people you pass by. Smile at the person who serves you your morning coffee. Smile at the people you share the elevator with. Notice the effect this has on others as well as on yourself.
Bring humor into your daily conversations - Ask others, “What's the funniest thing that happened to you today?”
Spend time with people who are fun and playful – You know who they are. They are the ones who easily laugh at themselves and situations. They find humor in just about everything and their energy is contagious.
When you hear laughter, move towards it – Most often, others are happy to share something funny because they get to enjoy it again and feed off the humor you find within it. As always, privacy must be respected so use your judgment to discern what is private.
As always, I would love to hear what you discover as you take yourself through this process!
Until next time...