Spiritual

Laughter Makes You Happy

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.” – William James
There’s a popular saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Many people attribute their good health and longevity to living well and laughing well.
As popular as this saying is, is there validity to it?
There’s no denying that laughing is an enjoyable aspect of the human experience. In fact, humor is how many individuals connect, grieve, and cope.
Researchers have found that laughing improves your mental clarity, increases cardiovascular health, and releases endorphins.
The act of laughing has even been found to promote healthy circulation. This releases tension and helps the muscles to relax.
Engaging in those belly-holding, over the top laughs is another way we demonstrate our happiness. Charles Darwin once quoted, “the free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensifies (emotional wee-being). The repression as far as this is possible, of all outward signs softens our emotions…even the simulation of an emotion tends to arouse it in our minds.”
Darwin was suggesting that when we engage in outward demonstrations of emotions, we are happier and healthier. You can’t get more authentic and expressive than a good laugh!
In addition, when individuals laugh without trying to hold themselves back, this shows that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re able to risk the chance of looking “crazy” to express their true feelings.
The notion that laughing is directly connected to happiness can be found in new-wave yoga practices. Dr. Madan Kataria created the concept of laughter yoga in 1995. This inspired other fitness and wellness clubs to intertwine humor in their practice.
After a traditional mediation, the group was encouraged to engage in “fake” laughter. As the practice continued, the participants displayed physical signs of joy.
What they found was quite interesting. Even during moments where laughter wasn’t authentic, it eventually became so; thus, encouraging others to laugh. When everyone was engaged in laughter, stress levels were reduced.
It was reported that after the practice was complete, that feeling of insurmountable joy lingered; thus, encouraging the participants to mingle and get to know each other.
This led to the notion that laughter is indeed contagious! Therefore, when we laugh, we can make others feel good too.
How Can You Incorporate Laughter Into Your Life?
If you don’t have a laughing club around, you may find it hard to go to a place dedicated to laughing. This means you have to find your own means to laughter.
One way you can increase your happiness through laughter is to expose yourself to funny things. There are countless television programs, websites, and even memes created solely for the purpose to make people laugh.
Expose yourself to these things to keep your cortisol levels up. You’ll soon find that you won’t take yourself too seriously. You’ll feel happier, healthier, and more relaxed.
Next, surround yourself with people who make you laugh. This will not only make your time with them enjoyable, but it will also strengthen your relationship! Engage in activities that will encourage you both to laugh and have a good time. You’ll soon see a huge difference in your demeanor.
Next, reject negative energy. If you’re constantly surrounded by individuals who don’t make you happy, you’re less likely to laugh. Therefore, make it an effort to surround yourself with those who make you feel like laughing and having a good time.
Laughter truly is one of the best natural medicines. It makes you feel good and it doesn’t have any crazy side-effects. To make it even better, laughter if free!
Make it a habit to practice some form of laughter every day. Record how you begin to feel as the days go by. You’re guaranteed to see a major difference.