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Long time back someone told me, ” when you smile I see stars….”. I smiled, blushed and moved on. But till date could never forget it. The very fact that my smile could make someone else happy, always delighted me. And now I remember this all the more because in this age of stress and strain I do realize how important it is to smile and to make people smile. A good laugh can any time lift anyone’s mood and can give a sense of happiness. Not only that, laugh helps a person emotionally as much as mentally and physically. A patient is always advised a good company and light conversation in order to recuperate fast. A emotionally disturbed man is advised heavy dose of humor along with the regular medicine. A giggle, a loud laugh or a simple smile is said to lift your spirits more than anything else. But have you ever thought why smiling is such an important part of our lives. Is it only because of the “feel good” factor or there is something more, lets find out….

Humor is infectious and it can change the whole graph of ones face. It is truly said “a smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough or sneeze. It has been proved by sociologists that when laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. A daily dose of humour is said to be quintessential in developing a health body, mind and soul.

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. When ever I am depressed, stressed up or in a bad mood, I always choose to talk to people who can make me laugh. And believe me it works wonders. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter is good for your health

Though for us it is just a sweet simple or a simple laugh, but do you know how much a good laugh can do to you?? First and the foremost thing is that laughter relaxes the whole body which is very very important in this age of mounting stress. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts your immune system and decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. It has been medically proved that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. And last but not the least a good hearty laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Thus laughter indeed proves to be the best medicine.

Laughter help you stay emotionally healthy

Laughter makes you feel good and relaxed. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. a gentle smile along with few good words can do wonders when you are down and out. And needless to say that there is absolutely nothing that can natch the beauty of a gentle simple or a heartfelt laugh.

Not only that, just a respite from sadness and pain is not all that a laugh can do. Laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh or even simply a smile can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious—just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in on the band. Even remembering someone smile or a funny incident can pep up your spirits. So much so is the power of a good laugh.

Link between laughter and mental health

We know that laughter does lot of good emotionally and but hardly we realise that laughter has direct relation with mental health as well. Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more. Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, more positive and constructive and surely less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological edge, which can help you avoid feeling stressed out or nervous.

So, always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile and then say again….I see stars when you smile !!! I wish we all laugh our heart out and fill this universe with smiling stars. As they say, “A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.” 🙂


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