Smiling and Laughing are Charity and Sweet Medicines**, Dr Emdad Khan


Smiling and Laughing  are Charity and Sweet Medicines**,  Dr Emdad Khan

Smiling is a charity, it reduces our stress and makes other persons happy, our transaction with other person become easy.

Smiling and laughing acts as medicine. It brings people closer in ways that stimulates physical and emotional changes in the body. It strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects us from the damaging effects of stress [1]. As children, we used to laugh many times a day, but as adults we take life seriously and smile less and some do it rarely. By seeking out more opportunities for smile, humor and laughter, we can improve our emotional health, strengthen our relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to our life.

Smiling and Laughing  are medicine for mind and body [1]

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring our mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens our burdens, inspires hopes, connects us to others, and keeps us grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps us to release anger and be more forgiving.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing our relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use and give.

Laughter/Smile is good for our health and relaxes our body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system.  Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. Laughter protects the heart.  Laughter also  burns calories.  Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Laughter may even help us to live longer. 

Physical health benefits of laughter: Boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones, Decreases pain, Relaxes our muscles, Prevents heart disease

Mental health benefits of laughter: Adds joy and zest to life, Eases anxiety and tension, Relieves stress, Improves mood, Strengthens resilience

Social benefits of laughter, Strengthens relationships, Attracts others to us, Enhances teamwork, Helps defuse conflict, Promotes group bonding

Laughter/Smiles helps us  Stay Mentally Healthy

Laughter makes us feel good. And the good feeling that we get when we laugh remains with us even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps us keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives us the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making us feel better. And laughter really is contagious—just hearing laughter primes our brain and readies us to smile and join in the fun.

Laughter stops distressing emotions.  Laughter helps us relax and recharge, Laughter shifts perspective, Laughter draws us closer to others,

Laughter Brings people together and Strengthens Relationships

We are more likely to laugh around other people than when we are alone. And the more laughter we bring into our own life, the happier we and those around us will feel.

Sharing humor is half the fun—in fact, most laughter doesn’t come from hearing jokes, but rather simply from spending time with friends and family. And it’s this social aspect that plays such an important role in the health benefits of laughter. We can’t enjoy a laugh with other people unless we take the time to really engage with them. When we care about someone enough to switch off our phone and really connect face to face, we are engaging in a process that rebalances the nervous system and puts the brakes on defensive stress responses like “fight or flight.” And if we share a laugh as well, we will both feel happier, more positive, and more relaxed—even if we are unable to alter the stressful situation itself.

Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter also adds joy, vitality, and resilience. And humor is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

Humor and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment. Using humor and laughter in relationships allows us to: Be more spontaneous, Let go of defensiveness,  Release inhibitions, Express our true feelings.

Use humor to Resolve disagreements and Tension in Our relationships

Laughter is an especially powerful tool for managing conflict and reducing tension when emotions are running high. Whether with romantic partners, friends and family, or co-workers. you can learn to use humor to smooth over disagreements, lower everyone’s stress level, and communicate in a way that builds up our relationships rather than breaking them down.

Bring More Laughter into Our life

Infants begin smiling during the first or  months of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if we did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, we can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter, as we might with working out, and build from there. Eventually, we will  want to incorporate humor and laughter into the fabric of our life, finding it naturally in everything we do.

Here are some ways to start:

Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter and like laughter, it’s contagious. When we look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling. Instead of looking down at our phone, look up and smile at people we pass in the street, the person serving us a morning coffee, or the co-workers we share an elevator with. We will  notice the effect this has on others.

Count Our Blessings. Literally make a list. The simple act of considering the good things in our life will distance us from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humor and laughter. When we are in a state of sadness, we have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.

When we hear laughter, move toward it. Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group, but usually not. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor we find in it. When we hear laughter, seek it out and ask, “What’s funny?”

Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious. Even if we don’t consider ourselves a lighthearted, humorous person, we can still seek out people who like to laugh and make others laugh. Every comedian appreciates an audience.

Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to us today? This week?  Last week? Last month? In our life?”

Creating opportunities to Laugh

  • Watch a funny movie, TV show, or YouTube video
  • Invite friends or co-workers to go to a comedy club
  • Read the funny pages
  • Seek out funny people
  • Share a good joke or a funny story
  • Check out our bookstore’s humor section
  • Host game night with friends
  • Play with a pet
  • Go to a “laughter yoga” class
  • Goof around with children
  • Do something silly

Using Humor to Overcome Challenges and Enhance Our Life

The ability to laugh, play, and have fun with others not only makes life more enjoyable but also helps us solve problems, connect with others, and be more creative. People who incorporate humor and play into their daily lives find that it renews them and their relationships.

Life brings challenges that can either get the best of us or become playthings for our imagination. When we “become the problem” and take ourselves too seriously, it can be hard to think outside the box and find new solutions. But when we play with the problem, we can often transform it into an opportunity for creative learning.

Playing with problems seems to come naturally to children. When they are confused or afraid, they make their problems into a game, giving them a sense of control and an opportunity to experiment with new solutions. Interacting with others in playful ways helps us retain this creative ability.

As laughter, humor, and play become an integrated part of our life, our creativity will flourish and new opportunities for laughing with friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and loved ones will occur to us daily. Laughter takes us to a higher place where we can view the world from a more relaxed, positive, and joyful perspective.

**  ( adapted from)

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