Laughter For Good Mental Health

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On The Look Out To Add Laughter For Good Mental Health

Using laughter for good mental health can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. Face it, the world is stressful. As long as we live in this current world, it will have its challenges. We deal with many issues throughout our lives and it seems that as we age they can have an accumulative effect. It has to be counterbalanced with positive, right? That’s where using laughter for good mental health comes into the picture.

 

I believe God made us to enjoy things and programmed us to use laughter for good mental health. One just has to look around to know this is true. Another fact to prove that we were created for laughter is that laughter and even smiling sends many good natural chemicals flooding through our body. Research has shown that even faking a smile can have a positive effect.

 

In addition to swirling feel good natural endorphins flowing through our bodies, smiling also increases brain circulation, which can have other benefits. When we smile, it loosens up the muscles on our scalp, which allows blood to flow more easily and hence, our brain gets more oxygen. Stands to reason that if you smile for long periods of time, your brain gets the benefits of more oxygen and this will make you more lively and happy.

 

And if we are laughing, even better blood flow happens to our brain and around the body. All good stuff, right?

 

How Do We Use This Laughter For Good Mental Health When We Don’t Feel Like Laughing?

 

Reality is that we will have stress in our day, some days more than others, right? If we focus on it that way though, it will be more difficult to lighten up our day.

 

 

Just as consistent daily nutrition is necessary for our best physical and overall health, so is laughter for good mental health. Thing is, it is all related. If you are stressed out and not caring for yourself, it will not only affect your mental health, but also your physical health and vice versa.

 

As you work on feeding your body beneficial nutrition, be sure to work on serving up laughter for good mental health. This is an ongoing process and is not always easy when life has got us feeling down. Here are a few good things to make habit.

 

1. Prayer. In our days, we can sometimes forget that we have a God that knows us, loves us and is aware of all the big and little things that shape our day and attitude. In this current world, there will be trouble, but He has overcome the world and he will make us victorious too in His perfect timing. Let that give you encouragement and hope to help you add that laughter despite it all.

 

2. We must teach ourselves to look at the positive in things. Being positive comes easier for some, but I think for most of us, it is a challenge. Test it for yourself. Think about those around you every day. How many of those people would you say appear to be truly positive each and every day? It is hard with all that is going on around us, what we are bombarded with on television and just life situations around the world. That is why we must teach and train ourselves to look at the positive in things even amid the vastly negative scenario at times. For example, it is 10 degrees outside right now. I could focus on the negative such as worrying about frozen pipes, frostbite, not being able to take my dogs for a walk … I could probably think of at least a half dozen more negatives if I am looking for them.

 

The positive though is that it didn’t snow anymore so I don’t have to shovel the driveway, I don’t have to go out on the winter roads today, I am warm in the house and have access to food and bathroom. Ahhh! What else does one really need, right? I could think of other positive things if I am looking for them. That’s the point. Yes, it is really cold, but I am thankful I am warm.

 

Even if I had to go out today, if I am focused on what is positive about the day, I will find it. Even if other things go wrong, if I am looking for the positive, I am likely to find something. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, things can always be worse, even in the most tragic of circumstances. Things can be very hard to deal with in life, but being good at focusing on the positive will help you get through even those most trying of times. It will help you have better health and better coping skills.

 

3. Add or have something to look forward to in your day. What makes you smile, laugh or feel relaxed? This is what you need to plan in your day. It may be different each day. It may be sipping a relaxing drink while curled up on the sofa reading a book after a long day, taking a walk or watching a funny show. While experiencing stress, it can help keep you going knowing that it won’t last forever and thinking about how you will enjoy that time for yourself. Even a few minutes each day can help.

 

That being said though, that doesn’t mean you stop searching for the other positive things amid the stress of the moment. Training ourselves this way can literally change our whole outlook on life, but I can attest that it isn’t always easy. I don’t think any of us can be perfect at it at all times and it is definitely a skill we have to constantly practice so that our subconscious takes over and makes it a habit. If we have the positive habit of looking for the positive in things, our subconscious will automatically search for the silver lining, so to speak, even in a painful and negative situation.

Laughing For Good Mental Health Is A Necessity No Matter What’s Going on

 

Laughing or finding things to make us smile on a daily basis does not make troubled times magically go away, but it does release these endorphins in the body and oxygen to the brain, which will help lift us up a bit and like a relaxed refreshing sigh, we are better able to cope. It is like a deposit in our mental health bank, instead of constant negative withdrawals that will deplete us.

 

Maybe you’ve heard that saying about the quality of our life being 20% of what happens to us and 80% of how we respond to it. Or King Solomon’s wisdom, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

Staying close in our relationship with the Lord will keep things in life in better perspective. We can have hope that no matter what we face down on this current earth, it is only temporary. That hope for the future can give you strength to live out today with a more positive attitude and perspective.

 

The point, throw in some laughter for good mental health every day. Even on those days when you are overcome with stress, actually, especially those days. Find those things that help you have that laughter for good mental health that you need and do it every day.

 


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