There’s a verse in the Bible that says a merry heart does us good and acts just like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). I’d agree with that! A couple of weeks ago I visited my aunt. We don’t see each other as often as I’d like but when we do we tend to first of all, over a cup of tea usually, solve most of the problems of the world. I’m only sorry there aren’t any politicians there to join in the conversation! Then once that’s done somehow or other we always get onto other topics, topics that make us laugh. I love those times! Sitting with someone very special, a sense of connection that draws you to each other, the warmth of that connection bringing joy to the heart and then – the laughter. It does indeed act just like a medicine. Sometimes we laugh until the tears roll down my face, until my tummy aches with it all, and then we take a big breath and laugh some more.
…a merry heart does us good and acts just like a medicine…
A few years ago, I was doing some teaching on managing stress. It was an evening session and the attendees were all nurses, some of them having come straight from work. It was a heavy topic – most of them were going through some sort of serious stress, so at the end of the presentation, I put up a clip of a baby laughing. You know those clips that are all over YouTube? I watched their faces, and at first it seemed the tiredness would win, but one by one they started to smile, and before the 4-minute clip had finished most of the nurses were laughing. It was great to see the change. Yes, they had learned a lot about stress, but they were also reminded that a good laugh can make the world of difference. It won’t change the circumstances but it does make a difference. What it does is makes you feel good so that you are more likely to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat. When this happens, you can face demanding and difficult situations constructively and with a positive attitude. This often results in better outcomes.
Laughter makes you feel good so that you are more likely to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat. You can face demanding and difficult situations constructively and with a positive attitude. This often results in better outcomes.
Here are some other reasons you should laugh more:
If you want to read more you can go here – you’ll find lots of information as well as links to scientific studies just in case you don’t believe laughter can be so good for you!