It’s no secret that laughing makes you feel happy and relaxed. When you laugh you release stress and positive energy. Laughter is something that costs nothing but creates much. It happens in a moment but creates a memory that lasts forever. Laughter is rest to the weary, sunshine to the sad and the best cure for worry. Simply put, laughing is necessary for good health and long-lasting happiness, and it’s fun. I recently read an interesting quote about laughter that said, “Laughter is like a windshield wiper, it doesn’t stop the rain but allows us to keep going,” another reason why they say laughter is the best medicine.
In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a constant inner smile to oneself, insured health, happiness and longevity. Why? Smiling to yourself is like basking in love, you become your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony with yourself (Mantak Chia, Taoist Master). Smiling is also a universal sign of happiness. Think about how interesting that is. Handshakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, while smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance. Smiling is one of the first things you do when you’re born. According to experts, babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile.
Laughing and smiling is good for the soul. I was recently with family who I don’t get to see very often and it turned out to be a really fun night. When reflecting back I realized it was because we were connecting over laughter. Life is more rewarding when you’re in the present moment, engaged in conversation and listening attentively. The good news is that it’s something you can do every day and it doesn’t cost a thing. Be mindful to connect and laugh with those around you. Put a smile on someone else’s face when you can. Take time out of your day to be joyful and free because it’s true that life is better when you’re laughing.