Audrey Hepburn, one the famous British actresses and humanitarians of the '90s, stated that: “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.”
There are so many reasons why you should laugh more, and they include:
1. Laughter relieves stress
Laughter is the antidote for every conceivable concern, trial or dilemma. It reduces stress and eases tension by changing the chemicals released by the brain. When things get tough, I've learned to laugh on purpose. Try it, it works!
2. Laughter improves health
Laughter is healing. It increases your heart rate and oxygen intake. After a good laugh, your body relaxes. Laughter also increases the production of endorphins, which are your body's natural pain killers.
Have you noticed how much better you feel, both physically and mentally, when you laugh? And the more you laugh, the better you feel. Unlike bottled medications, there are no negative side-effects of laughter, so you can't overdose. Laughter is a great mood-enhancer. You won't need drugs (legal or illegal) if you'll put more laughter in your life.
3. Laughter treats depression
Laughing, both at funny stuff and at yourself, lessens tension and depression. Shared laughter is therapeutic, so much so that laughter therapy is recognized as a valid psychological treatment.
I've heard it said that 'youth is wasted on the young.' Too often, youths are so wrapped up in negatives - what they don't have, what they can't get, what's wrong with them, that they ignore opportunities for joy.
4. Laughter puts things in perspective
One of the advantages of being older is the ability to relax in trauma and turmoil. The angst of my younger years has been replaced by experience, knowing that even the most difficult circumstances usually sort themselves out. You and I are stronger than we believe, but that understanding usually comes from hindsight. The ability to laugh at yourself and your situation makes your circumstances seem less dire.
5. Laughter makes you look younger
Smiling is the quickest, most pain-free, least expensive face-lift available. Don't believe me? Stand in front of a mirror and practice. Your eyes brighten, your face looks friendlier. I remind myself often throughout the day to smile, whether anyone is watching or not. I just want the practice.
6. Laughter produces strength
No matter how difficult your situation seems, find something to laugh about because it brings joy. Joy is defined as great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying, keen pleasure or elation. The ability to laugh at yourself can help keep your circumstances in perspective.
Also, science has proven that it takes more muscles to frown than it takes to smile.