There is truth in the old adage that says, “Laughter is the best medicine”. And in so many cases, laughter has indeed cured a lot of ailing patients – just by injecting humor in their daily lives. This is especially true for the elderly who feel left out in a fast-paced world.
Laughter, aside from providing feel-good memories and outlook in life and a balanced psychological wellbeing, is a good exercise for the whole body, especially the heart and lungs. At first, laughter will increase your heartbeat and your respiratory and pulse rates, thus, stimulating the heart and the lungs to beat and breathe more. Apparently, these actions make the lungs and the heart stronger since other muscles surrounding the organs are being worked out and the lungs open up more, thereby allowing additional air to pass through it.
Further studies prove, too, that one’s mental state directly affects a person’s physical well-being. Whether the strain is real or perceived, living in stressful conditions and environment can bring about diseases and infections that happy individuals do not suffer from. Exposure to constant anxiety in the work place, family life, social life, and even the simple day-to-day situations such as commuting to and from work, traffic, long queues, and others, contribute to tense feelings that lowers the body’s resistance to infections.
To combat these, individuals, especially those exposed to high-stress situations, are often encouraged to incorporate some laughter in their everyday lives. This is not to say that one has to laugh at all situations he is in, but rather, to make a conscious effort to see the positive out of every situation and not to take one’s self too seriously.
In addition, laughter also helps relax one’s facial muscles, thus, giving an individual a youthful look and disposition, and a pinkish glow as well. Most importantly, laughter is contagious. The more you laugh and smile, the more people laugh and smile, too, hence creating a light and stress-free environment for all.