Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Making changes Part 2: Say yes to laughing

They say laughter is the best medicine. I would argue that healthy food is actually the best medicine, but laughing is a very close second.

Some days I force myself to smile and somehow my mind catches up to the smiling and I just feel happier. So, does smiling set off some sort of neurotransmitter cascade that makes you happy? Like a Pavlov's dog for emotion? Smile and a switch turns on in your brain making you happy?

One of the greatest sounds is a genuine and "hearty" laugh from one of your friends. Take a second and try to hear it in your head. It makes you want to laugh. Maybe it's because you know they're laughing at something truly funny. Maybe they just have a really funny laugh. Or maybe it brings back a happy memory for you.

If that isn't working for you, maybe you know someone with a baby. Now imagine the sound of that baby laughing; Like truly laughing in that hysterical baby way. Does that not make you want to laugh?

There is something about laughing that makes you feel so much better about everything. And if it fills you with an overall sense of well-being and happiness, then of course it's going to be a wonderful type of medicine. Maybe it won't cure all medical conditions, but it sure does improve quality of life.

I think laughing can work like a Care Bear Stare. The more you smile and laugh, the more you drive away negative energy.

Laugh every day. And add some smiling and dancing in there too.