Have you ever met someone who takes themselves so serious that they hardly smile or laugh? I have and there is a part of me that feels sorry for people who take themselves so serious that they forget the best medicine in the world, laughter.
Laughter is contagious. One person starts in, and the next thing you know, the entire room is laughing. Humor and laughter is like the domino effect. Once it gets going, happiness and joy comes in. It makes us all feel lighter.
Laughter can also create physical and mental changes. On a physical level laughter helps strengthen and relax muscles, it can decrease pain, build up a immune system, and make you feel more healthy. People who laugh Increase their vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood and can lower blood pressure and in a recent study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School it increases the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells.
A good dose of healthy laughter can help decrease anxiety and depression, improves your mood, reduces stress by releasing endorphins, which is the body’s natural feel-good chemicals and makes people feel joy. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts and you begin to feel good about you!
In addition to the physical and mental aspect of laughter, there are positive social attributes to laughter. It strengthens relationships and make them lighter, it can defuse conflict and actually attracts team building. All of this automatically increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish the things you want in life.
Some people forget that laughter is your natural birthright. Keep in mind that small babies begin to smile within the first weeks of their life. It is natural. So people who take themselves too serious are denying their natural birthright–not to say it is just annoying!
So begin to live by laughing a little. If you take yourself too serious, then get over you and laugh at you. Come on–it’s fun. If you are unable to partake in this natural medicine then let me give you some ideas on how to laugh and lighten up.
First, if you do not laugh much, try smiling. It’s impossible to laugh without a smiling. So smile.
Next Lighten up! Where is that playful side of you? Get in touch with that and laughter will follow.
Be with people who smile and laugh. Since it is so contagious, just be around people who are light, playful and make you laugh.
Bring humor into conversations. Try to get around yourself being so serious and just use your humor, don’t worry it’s there, always has been!
While taking yourself too serious can be admirable, in the long run it’s unrealistic, unproductive, unhealthy, and even egotistical so lighten up, live a little and laugh a lot!
For today this is Dr. Tyler Woods saying “laugh in peace….”