Don’t take life too seriously! ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ an expression which is very much true. Humour is infectious. Laughing is contagious like coughing and sneezing, it make’s you feel happy, even on the worst days.
I hate people who take themselves so seriously. Just chill. Life’s short, lighten up a little!
It’s completely fine to laugh at your own jokes. In fact I think it’s refreshing when you meet someone who will quite happily mock themselves, share their most embarrassing moments and laugh about it with you. Being the clumsy individual that I am, I tend to have a lot of these embarrassing moments– like when I dropped my knickers at the feet of the ticket inspector on the train platform.
Wait, that didn’t sound right. I didn’t drop my knickers. I mean they did fall at his feet, but it was a completely innocent accident. I was trying to find my ticket, when my clean underwear fell out of my gym bag and landed at his feet, leaving us both gorping at the floor in shock. But this highly inelegant, embarrassing moment, did bring laughter and great amusement to my friends and fellow work colleagues.
Here’s 5 reasons why laughing is important and every one should have a good laugh every day.
1. Laughter is good for the heart. Sounds corny but it’s a fact. Laughing improves the blood flow helping to protect us from heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. (so share your embarrassing stories with people more often!)
2. Laughing makes you more attractive. In the words of Audrey Hepburn- “Happiest girls are the prettiest.” I’m not suggesting that having a laughing fit is going to turn you into Angelina Jolie. It’s not. But it’s been proven that people are more attracted to people who have a good sense of humour. It’s also kind of like a work out on the abs region, so laugh until it hurts daily!
3. Laughing is a tranquillizer. Well not literally, that would be a problem– But research has shown that laughter actually helps balance our nervous systems by reducing the hormones that get released into our body, calming our nerves and de-stressing us. As an added bonus; it also improves your memory, wakes you up and even makes you more creative.
4. Laughter makes you happy. Endorphins are our natural feel good chemicals and laughing triggers these. (So if you need a temporary pain relief Have a night in with Kevin Hart’s box set!)
5. Laughing is a relationship builder. Making people laugh is a great way to connect with each other, It builds friendships and strengthens relationships. It’s the perfect ‘ice breaker’ to awkward situations and a good way to defuse an argument. (If someone can make me laugh, they’re a keeper!)
6. Laughter strengthens your immune system. “Nobody ever died of laughing”- Max Beerbohm. Well… Max is very right! Laughing helps our bodies fight off illnesses and infections by increasing the production of anti-bodies and immune cells. So next time you feel like you are coming down with the flu, self-medicate and reach for your duvet and favourite comedy.