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Why does laughter lead us to happier, healthier and more productive lives?

Why do you think people say that laughter is the best medicine? Why is it important and how does it add value to our lives? Laughter has been proven to relieve stress and pressure from our lives, enhancing the state of our physical and mental well being. It helps to strengthen our immune system, can increase muscle mobility and can even make us more resistant to pain.

A good laugh is better than almost anything to bring our bodies and mind back to productivity and uplift our mental health. A sense of humour lightens our burdens, improves our overall quality of life and makes us see things in a more positive way. It inspires hope and carves a connection in a community. The ability to have optimism in serious situations is an amazing resource for overcoming obstacles and maintaining a balance between everything.

But how does simple laughter help us to achieve all of these things?

From a scientific perspective, laughter increases the production of hormones such as endorphins and neurotransmitters which is the reason why this has such a huge and positive impact on our moods. Laughter also puts the diaphragm, abdomen and other body muscles through their paces, giving a similar effect to physical exercise to promote better heart health, increased immunity and improved antibody production. It gives us the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. It shifts perspective, allowing us to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help in diffusing conflict and feeling overwhelmed.

The main idea is to see difficult situations from a perspective of positivity and optimism. And that is where positive affirmations come in to help. You might think positive affirmations are just wishful thinking and not something that will help us. However, think of it like this: when we do something for a very long time, it becomes our habit. We perform those actions without having to think about them anymore. In the same way, when we do positive affirmations every day, our thoughts and mindset shifts in a positive direction and we start to look at things in a more constructive manner. It reprograms our minds from negative to positive and helps us to feel happy every day.

How exactly do we add happiness to our life?

For one, we have to stop relying on external factors to find happiness, rather we have to look for it from within. Sometimes we are going through a challenging time we find it hard to be internally happy. However, this is the time to appreciate the smaller things in life and find their value. Regardless of what is going on around you, you can feel happier, be productive, and enjoy yourself during the process.

One of the best ways to appreciate yourself is through self-care. With all the stress and work that you have in your life, you have the right to take a break and press the reset button. Take some time out for yourself just for relaxation and to reflect on everything that has happened and how you can bounce back. Sometimes you might feel guilty about ignoring your pending work, or someone else’s struggles. But you owe this to yourself. A joyful life is the best existence we can hope to achieve because this is the only way that generally produces happiness, positive vibes and just makes us feel good in general.

For us to appreciate the small things or even just small moments that really go unnoticed, we have to stop waiting for the big things to happen. We often take these things for granted, but honestly the truth is that the things that will ultimately matter the most are the small ones. And something that really helps with the process of actually noticing these things is to surround yourself with people who think the same.
Sometimes happiness can also be influenced by the people who are present in our lives. If we surround ourselves with positive people, we can drastically change or increase our chances of finding happiness and therefore, being happy almost all the time. Positive social connection is the greatest predictor of long-term happiness. And selecting these wholesome people to be part of our lives can be some of the most important decisions we will make.

We need to understand that only we have the accountability for our happiness. We can choose to laugh more even when we don’t want to, even when everything is just falling apart. We are alive and we’ve got this regardless of whatever is going on around us.

When I complete any task on my to-do list, there is this moment that sometimes might last only for a second, or maybe minutes and hours. It’s just a moment when I really think that I’ve found bliss. How do you understand if you’ve found it too? It’s every part of you, you feel as if you are nearly bursting with light from your fingers to your toes, and you feel full of purpose. It’s the amazement, pride, triumph and an overwhelming sensation of the purest self-love. It’s your entire perspective changing after seeing the world from a different lens. It’s the feeling of being completely in the moment. It’s being alive. You can find your own happiness too. If watching an episode of your favourite series is where your happiness lies, let that be it. Don’t compromise with it.

When you are happy and care about yourself you will make good decisions. You will have the motivation to do all the work you want to do and see life from a very different perspective. It’s the time when you will actually feel alive and learn to live life to the fullest. Your regrets will be minimal and you will always know that something better will come. And even if it doesn’t, you will already have everything you need to have an amazing life. Laughter and happiness truly do lead to happier, healthier and more productive lives.