We can control to a great degree what kind of day we will have if we simply make the decision to take a positive attitude in the light of a bad environment. The health benefits of laughter and smiling are quite impressive and have a substantial on the impact of the levels of serotonin and other endorphins in our bodies.
Laughter is healing to the bones. There is always some value in these truisms; studies have shown that people who smile and laugh are a lot healthier. My husband got into a car accident and the next day came down with the flu. The accident jarred his immune system and the germs and viurus' that normally surround us daily; well he let his guard down and lost the round.
I am sure that most of you have seen this friends and family; it seems like everyone knows a complainer, and the complainers are always sick and bad things are constantly happening in their lives: could this be a vicious cycle? We are human and our mind drives our emotions which in turn create the chemicals, we are in a better mood when our neurotransmitters are present in our systems – could it be possible to “trick” our brains into releasing more of these chemicals? It seems so at least according to studies and empirical observations.
We can’t speak to our emotions apart from our physiology because our constitution is such that the one is dependent on the other. When we laugh and smile we release endorphins and neurotransmitters into our brains. Laughter is healing to the bones.
Talk about health benefits of laughter! Smiling exercises 14 facial muscles. When we laugh our blood pressure goes up and then comes down. We also stretch our lungs, relax our chests, and breathe easier. Laughter causes our bodies to release chemical compounds associated with an improved mood. When we can laugh at something, we change our perspective and our attitude. It is hard to have a grumpy outlook when laughing. As we laugh, we momentarily distract ourselves from our problems and, perhaps, even from our physical discomfort.
Research has found that four-year-old children smile and laugh about 400 times a day while adults smiles and laugh only 14 times a day. This number seems to diminish as the years add on. I have the utmost respect for an elderly person who can smile and have an awesome attitude about life. They too are the healthiest and seem to live the longest. Their years are already showing this.
I have known many people of whom were ill; yet they hung in to close the “big deal” or to see their grandchildren and then moments later passed on. How uncanny to think that someone can control the timing of their death. This empirical evidence is undeniable and further shows us how our attitude controls our health which in turn controls our body chemistry.
Now you may say that you don’t have much to laugh about, and this may be true. It is hard to force yourself to laugh, especially, when you don’t feel like it. You can, however, make yourself smile. Forcing yourself to smile may work almost as well as laughing, at least, for changing your mood. My husband has been in sales for over 20 years and he will tell you that the successful sales people know how to talk on the phone. The secret is the smile because they know that the person on the other end of the telephone can sense this enthusiasm and it is contagious. Everybody wants to around enthusiastic, positive people!
Additionally, it is hard to get angry, mistreat or abuse someone with a smile on their face and…come to think about it, they make you feel better and your serotonin goes up. Have you ever wondered how animals can sense fear as well as happiness? I have read in studies that their sense of smell is so powerful they might be able to smell our endorphins that are being released as we smile (just a guess).
Be sure you smile today. Smile on purpose, even if you don’t feel like it. There are so many health benefits of laughter. Smiling as well! See if you can fool yourself into a good mood. As the saying goes, “Fake it until you make it”. Intentionally, smile. Laugh, if you can. Humor is good for you. It improves your mood and health. Practice smiling and see if your life doesn't begin to go better. Take charge of your feelings and see if you can’t take the edge off life and what it throws at you. Realize the health benefits of laughter and a train yourself to smile; you won’t be disappointed and frankly quite surprised at the results. Laughter is healing to the bones.
this article is for informative purposes and not to be used to treat any mental health issue