Laughter.. how could it not be good for you?!

I was so happy to stumble upon the following article thanks to the fabulous Daniel Pink‘s tweet.

Any study that promotes laughter as a good thing makes me happy. I grew up with a good sense of humour, and lots of giggling as a result. I am grateful I was “easily amused” as was told many times by friends. (I didn’t care as I had way more fun than them, anyway!). Unfortunately, a lot of us lose our easy humour as we grow older. (not everyone) So… going out of your way to re-discover those laughs is a good thing! Buffoonery anyone? Haha!

Would love to know what makes you laugh? And how often do you laugh?

An irresistable bouffon!

An irresistable bouffon! (photo by Chara Berk Photography)

Scientists Hint at Why Laughter Feels So Good

Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good.

The answer, reports Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of laughing. The simple muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar ha, ha, ha, he said, trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect.

His results build on a long history of scientific attempts to understand a deceptively simple and universal behavior. “Laughter is very weird stuff, actually,” Dr. Dunbar said. “That’s why we got interested in it.” And the findings fit well with a growing sense that laughter contributes to group bonding and may have been important in the evolution of highly social humans.

Read rest of the article by James Gorman

A Reason To Smile…

The following article (thank you, Daily Om) reminded me again that even when life is super challenging, it’s not only okay to laugh or smile it’s actually a very healthy thing to do. Coming from a family of illness, and very serious times, I would almost feel guilty if I had a moment of giggling or joy. But, it’s in my nature.

Merriment doesn’t remove daily challenges, but it can re-charge you to handle them better. During last weekend I became aware of a lightness in my body, as it was a very laughter filled time. The things we laughed at were simple, but struck us into hysterics.

Someone told me that after witnessing the Bouffon Flash Mob in the rain, their group returned to the office in great humour, and no umbrellas. Going there they were all grumpy and complaining. A little dancing in the rain changed things!

What do you think about this subject?

Laughing at the Bouffon Flash Mob

By The Daily Om

It can be so easy to get caught up in the rigors of modern life that we tend to forget that happiness need not come with stipulations. Happiness becomes something we must schedule and strive for — a hard-won emotion — and then only when we have no worries to occupy our thoughts. In reality, overwhelming joy is not the exclusive province of those with unlimited time and no troubles to speak of. Many of the happiest people on earth are also those coping with the most serious challenges. They have learned to make time for those simple yet superb pleasures that can be enjoyed quickly and easily. Cultivating a happy heart takes no more than five minutes. The resultant delight will be neither complex nor complicated, but it will be profound and will serve as a reminder that there is always a reason to smile. Read more