The Doctor Prescribed a Daily Dose of Laughter
So they say, “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, “they” were right. The healing power of laughter is amazing. Having a good laugh brightens up the mood and overall happiness.
This weekend I went to a friend’s gathering. Oddly enough I was hesitant about going. I was glad I did because it’s been a while since I laughed so hard that my cheeks hurt, dropped on the floor, to the point where now sound comes out from laughing (literally ROFL). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been pretty content lately, just busy. Although for some reason, those moments of EXTREME laughter brought back the inner child that lies inside this university student working towards a career. And it was genuine.
This summer, I’ve created a “bucket list” with things that I want to complete. It will probably be my last summer without full time school or work. (Of course, I will still make time for these things in the future). As we get older, some of us forget how to be a kid and just laugh. I still find joy in simple things that were done as a child: walks, playing video games, going for ice cream, zoo, etc. I’ve found a balance of both: being the hardworking, serious adult, as well as being the adventurous little child. Heck, I watch cartoons.
Laughter has become a source of natural healing in my life like I can’t explain. A few years ago, my soul was dry and my attitude was plummeting to the ground. As events and time passed, I began to grow up and realize reality. The will to change and do better brought a determination like no other. Then, first year of university came to be one of the best years of my whole life. The people, environment and my new attitude made all the difference in how I saw the world. The people, especially, brought the joy I seemed to have lost in high school. With this continued journey, I laugh like a baby on a daily basis. I can truly say that laughter has been my healing medicine to positive growth on the inside. A blessing, to say the least.
Reflection: When was the last time you had a good laugh? Has something been pushing away the smiles?
At least once a day, find time for laughter. Try watching a youtube video, cartoon, comedy, anything that makes you laugh. Do this daily and start to see how you feel over a period of time. Whatever it is, give yourself a reason to laugh. You deserve it. (Sounds odd, but it works. It becomes natural after a while if it isn’t already)