“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” ~Victor Hugo

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ~Charlie Chaplin

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” ~Mark Twain

“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.” ~Wayne Dyer

“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” ~Woody Allen

We have all probably heard the song about not worrying just being happy. However, it’s not as easy as it seems. Or is it? Can worrying less and laughing more really be an attainable goal?

Laugh more worry less

Just like any other goal, laughing more is something that, yes, you can achieve and do daily. It is all a matter of focus: your thoughts will go where you focus them.

For example, if you focus on the bad day you had at work, your thoughts will linger in that place, a place of stress and tension. However, if you focus on the fact that, thank goodness, your miserable work day is over and done with, then you can focus on how happy you feel to go home.

As well as making you feel better, laughter really is the best medicine. There are several reasons why laughing and smiling are good for you.

If you could realize how much money, time and effort are spent on eating the right foods, reading the perfect book on happiness, exercising a certain way, taking up the right ancient practice whether it is mediation or yoga, you would be shocked. We spend billions upon billions of dollars trying to be happy when all we have to do is practice the art of smiling and laughing.

We all have that one friend, the one who makes us laugh till we cry. It is so important to reach out for friends like this when we need a lift. Scientific studies and research are now showing that smiling and laughing is good for our health in many ways.

Release Endorphins

Smiling releases endorphins that can do battle with stress hormones. If you want to ward off the common cold, you take extra Vitamin C. So, why not try an extra smile or two and ward off the stress monster?

Lower Blood Pressure

Smiling sets off a chain of relaxation for the body and especially the heart. When you have a happy heart, you also have a healthy heart. Smiling lowers your blood pressure for a bit, as well.

Regain Your Sense of Gratitude

When you smile, you become more grateful. When you smile, it automatically makes you remember things you have to smile about and this happens almost instantly. You can’t help but remember a silly thing you did as a child or a fond memory or a pleasant goal you hope to achieve in the future.

Smiling and Laughing Gives You Less to Worry About

When you smile and laugh, you automatically attract more to smile and laugh about, as well. It also makes you attractive to other individuals. People tend to veer away from angry faces but tend to gravitate to smiling faces.

When you smile, the whole world does smile along with you.

Be of Good Cheer

Have you ever noticed how infrequently you smiled at someone and did not receive a smile in return? It’s almost considered good manners. If you smile at someone, they smile back at you. It’s universal. A smile does not speak any different language. It is understood by all.

These are just a few good reasons to smile and a few good examples of what smiling does for the universe.

Add Some Laughter to Your Life.

Choose to find something to laugh about, and someone to laugh with. Laugh until your belly hurts and tears roll from your eyes. This is better than any flu shot and will increase your immune system dramatically.

Here are a couple of suggestions on how:

  • Watch the comedy channel instead of shows that are all about killing and human drama.
  • Challenge someone close to you to a tickle fight.
  • Lighten up. Life is too short to take everything and everyone so seriously.
  • Find a way to laugh at yourself: we all have quirks and things that are uniquely ours. So instead of seeing them as a negative, laugh about them instead.

What makes you laugh? Find it and get to it!

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