Laughter – Happy Mood and Therapy

There are a lot of things that can trigger good laughter and we should remember them, such as events that make us laugh

Laughter is defined in the New Collins dictionary as “sound or action of laughing, an inarticulate sound with the voice expressing amusement, merriment or scorn.” It’s quick, simple and free. It’s the best, cheap, all round beauty tonic in the world!

I’m inspired to write about this interesting topic to remind people of its usefulness since lots of frowns are seen on people’s faces nowadays. Laughter is therapy for your inside and outside. It will tone up your facial muscles and, like a massage, increase blood flow to the areas that make your skin glow. It helps to fight the signs of ageing.

Our Heavenly Father is always happy when we are happy; sometimes our happiness is expressed by laughter. Laughter is infectious. God promises to be with us always (Matthew 28:20) and that we should bring our problems to him (1 Peter 5:7) and pray always (Ephesians 6:18). Most of us are guilty of not finding time to read our Bibles and we hurriedly pray before rushing out. Let us move nearer to God this year. He has done a lot for us and is still doing so. He has not deserted us.

A study on patients with health problems found that those with a sense of humour are more likely to recover quickly. Laughter, whether a chuckle, a guffaw or a fit of the giggles does more than just make you feel good; it boosts your immunity and makes your heart stronger. It brings a twinkle to your eye and a flush to your cheek. The sound of laughter makes people all around start to smile.

When you laugh, the level of stress hormones in your blood goes down and you produce more cells and proteins that attack viruses, tumours and harmful bacteria. With laughter, the body releases endorphins in the brain which lighten your mood. Laughter enhances the flow of oxygenated blood, which is invigorating and healing as well as providing a work out for muscles in your face, chest, back and abdomen.

Robert Holden is a leading authority in the field of laughter. He is the author of, inter alia, “Happiness NOW!”, “Success Intelligence”, and “Be Happy: Release the Power of Happiness in YOU” all published by Hay House. He says that laughter is the “X” on the map, where our buried treasure lies. He reports that more than 1,000 papers have been published on the subject in over 50 years. The benefits of laughing have been known for many years. It has been proven that humour is related to our state of health.

Archeological digs have found healing temples (asclepeion) in Ancient Greece and Rome next to theatres. They were placed there so that those who were receiving treatment were exposed to plenty of entrainment and laughter to hasten their recovery. In South America, tribes are known to have held special festivals of fun or comedy carnivals designated to heal the ill.

Poet and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote more than a century ago, showed that laughter was indeed a beautiful thing when he wrote, “To have played and laughed with enthusiasm…this is to have succeeded”. God bless him!

I am a brain child of a club (Happiness Club) that promotes laughter. We meet once a month and crack lots of jokes, with a good outcome. By the time we get back home, we’re saturated enough for a very good sleep.

There are a lot of things that can trigger good laughter and we should remember them, such as events that make us laugh. You can even dance to amuse people, thereby making them laugh.

Not much to laugh about? Studies suggest we are laughing far less today than folks did half a century ago. Adults laugh much less than children. Adult manage 5-10 times a day, while children laugh as often as 50 times a day.

Laughter helps you learn and absorb information. Sit through a lecture stuffed full of dry facts and figures and you will probably find your mind wandering. However, if the lecturer injects fun, the listener will absorb much more. It is easier to remember information if it is linked to a humourous story or a funny rhyme.

Always share a smile. It is said, “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you”. When you frown, I wonder if you will find someone to help you out.

Fellow Christian sisters and brothers, ten minutes of laughter can significantly reduce your blood pressure and may even prevent heart disease. Studies show that one minute of intense authentic laughter has the same stress relieving effect as 45 minutes of deep relaxation. If you could laugh for one hour you could use up an astonishing 500 calories!

May God bless you all. Any contributions?

Gladys Ikeme. (child of God)