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The Best Therapy

Sumaiyya Fatmi Monday, July 1, 2024
The Best Therapy

Do you remember the last time you had a good laugh?

As we get older, we get busied with the roles we have to play and the duties we have to fulfill, which is an indicator of productivity and growth. But without moderation, this seriousness can become oppressive and can often inhibit our capacity to laugh.

Laughing has a significant impact on a person’s overall wellbeing. A good, hearty laugh heals us in numerous psychological, emotional and physiological ways.

Laughter strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, dwindles pain, reduces stress and triggers the release of endorphins, our body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

Laughter relaxes the mind and the entire body, relieving physical tension and stress, leaving the muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

Laughter helps to relax and recharge. An otherwise boring day becomes a wonderful one when we share smiles and laughter. How many memories have we made during ordinary school days just because we had a good laugh with our friends? I remember how long-exhausting trips in the school bus became treasurable moments due to the laughter shared.

Laughter changes our perspectives, allowing us to see situations in a more realistic and less threatening light. When we laugh at our own mistakes we are able to overcome the embarrassment we would otherwise call upon ourselves. The ability to laugh at one’s own mistakes makes a person less vulnerable and more confident.

When faced with unpleasant and stressful situations, the company of those who know how to laugh in such times, makes the whole experience a rather adventurous and memorable one. No, I am not encouraging obliviousness in times of difficulty, the praiseworthy attribute is the ability to recognize or create the sweet in a pond of bitter.

A positive change in my attitude didn’t just pop up when I read a post online or listened to a speaker. It was a journey I had to take and I’m glad I did. During stressful and upsetting situations, laughter shines as a beacon of hope and resilience, it provides encouragement, promoting good faith among all. It lightens the heart and creates a more relaxed atmosphere which in turn improves the whole situation.

Quite often we admire people for their ability to cheer everyone up. A person who has a good sense of humor is always dear to the people in his life. I remember some of my classmates in middle school who would always find something to laugh about, and I remember how their absence was felt by all when they left.

Laughter draws us closer to others, as it helps in building deep and meaningful connections. Sharing of laughter is an essential part of any healthy relationship. Humor is a blessing which keeps homes and friendships alive, which has a profound effect on all aspects of our mental and emotional health.

We all greet our parents and siblings with a monotonous “hi” when we see them after school. Trust me when I say that adding a generous smile or jokingly showing a gesture with the same “hi” has improved my relationship with my family members and bridged the gap between us a lot. Simply laughing with my parents and siblings over anything random every once in a while has created a friendship between us, which is essential to maintain a family bond. The little moments of joy form the basis of emotional connection providing a sense of belonging.

Laughter helps us to approach life with optimism and resilience. So, be kind to yourself. Lighten up, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.

Sumaiyya Fatmi
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