Laughter pressures the brain to do 2 things simultaneously: (1) visual-facial gestures – tightens facial muscles, particularly the major muscles of the mouth; and (2) phonic – (sounds) which cause arm, leg and torso muscles to contract.
Life is hard, and sometimes our struggles can seem unbearable, but laughter helps us to release our anxieties, if only temporarily, to see the brighter side. When confronted by uncertainty or adversity, it may not be a laughing matter then, but in the end, we can “crack our side” when we realize we have survived.
Most people tend to stop laughing when they feel sad and enter into an emotional pit. By making light of painful things, we can eliminate our emotional woes and find humor. This is one way comedians get their material.
Statistics reveal that adults laugh approximately15 times per day and children 50 times per day. Thus, adults need to laugh more and seek stress reducing humor in their lives everyday. We have to actively strive to break free from controls through our
laughter. We need to laugh until our tongues hang out, and listen to our inner voice telling us to smile and laugh instead of hearing the negative, “that’s not funny!”
Be optimistic. Don’t wallow in small things. Remember, when everyday life seems too tough to handle, compare it with a truly difficult situation.
Learn to play again. Start your day by making silly faces in the mirror. You will feel joy in your own playful silliness.
Laughter is one of the easiest, most economical anti-stress techniques. Therefore, laugh a lot and see the benefits to laughter in whatever you do.