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When we are born we slowly learn the value of laughter and the joy it brings. Babies and children spend much of their time smiling, giggling and laughing. But as the years creep by and life becomes more complicated, laughter is gradually replaced with a sullen mien. It gets harder to laugh with age because life gets in the way and because we begin to take ourselves a little too seriously. Shareen Richter is a laughter and happiness Professor and expert at creating happier, stress-free organisations and individuals.
She feels that societal conditioning is responsible for our lack of laughter. She also believes we are too caught up in negativity and what is wrong with ourselves, our bodies and the world, and that the more we focus on something, the more it becomes who and what we are. If we want to feel better, feel happier and laugh more, we have to make a conscious decision to bring more of it into our lives. Laughter makes our overall life experience more pleasurable and hardships more manageable. It also boosts health and longevity, and speeds up the healing process post illness.
The study found that people with heart disease responded less humourously to everyday life situations, generally laughed less, even in positive situations, and displayed more anger and hostility. A sense of humour also affects our relationships and can be instrumental in sexual attraction and the formation of lasting relationships.
Men generally want a partner whom they can make laugh. While both sexes can and do laugh a lot, women appear to laugh more than twice as much, on average, than men. Happiness can be a choice. Fortunately, there are ways to learn to laugh again, starting with us making the decision to be happier, by focusing on the aspects of life that bring us joy.
Smiling is a good place to begin. When people are happy they smile and an area of research called proprioceptive psychology shows that the same process also works in reverse. Shareen agrees and emphasises the need to remind ourselves to smile. This tool kit is made up of things like a happiness bracelet, gratitude journal and awesomeness cards. The benefits are clear. If you want to energise your physical and emotional wellbeing, focus on your happiness and laughter levels.
And once you find it, hold it tight and learn to lighten up a little. Friday, 01 April Learn to Laugh Again! Article as it appeared in Weigh-Less magazine. By Natasha Liviero Putting a smile on your dial is more important than you think….
How to laugh more often Happiness can be a choice.
Claire recommends five techniques to help you find more laughter in your life: Laugh at yourself. A self-deprecating sense of humour is very appealing and one of the quickest ways to endear you to other people. Look for the humour in a bad situation. Finding irony and appreciating the absurdity of life improves your mood and the mood of those around you.
Make friends with people who are fun to be with. Spend time with them every chance you get! Have a games evening where you play fun board games together.
Make the most of comedy and comedians. Watch comedy on TV and at the movies. Explore Magazine Articles. Van Zoom Tot Botox. Magazine Articles.Need to laugh again
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