Have we all forgotten how to laugh? I personally feel it’s crucial to add a dash of humour to your social recipe.
Somewhere in our mechanical and mundane lives, we’ve forgotten how to laugh out, and that’s where we’ve created trouble for ourselves. Just think, when was the last time you had a hearty laugh? I bet you’re still thinking. The only thing we would do as a child was laugh, chuckle and smile. As we grow up, we get caught in the vicious cycle of unending stress, and the sweet smile fades away and the roaring laughter is lost somewhere in the air.
Cliched as it may sound, laughter is indeed the best medicine. It restricts the unwarranted entry of stress-induced heart disease, prevents us from slipping into the dark corridors of psychiatric illness.
Talking of shrinks, I’ll share a gag with you, where once a psychiatrist tells his patient: “You’ve nothing to worry about — anyone who can pay my bills is certainly not a failure!” I’m sure you don’t see yourself as this patient.
Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter ends. Humour helps you maintain a positive, optimistic outlook through all kinds of difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. The key point is being happy. Laughter helps shift your perspective from the pessimistic to the optimistic.
Humour and playful communication aid in strengthening relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connections. Remember the poem by the American author Ella Wheeler Wilcox, ‘The Way of the World’, best remembered for the lines, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.”
It’s time we start developing our appetite for laughter before it’s too late. And what is the best way to begin? Laugh at yourself, share your embarrassing moments with your family and friends.
The next time you get drunk, you can tell everyone you are just researching the law of diminishing marginal utility.
Keywords: Laughter therapy