Take Your Medicine: Laugh Louder

A strange title you may argue, but then again maybe not if you’re familiar with the saying: “Laughter is the best medicine!” Obviously, this isn’t talking about someone who breaks their leg or suffers a heart attack, they can’t just laugh and suddenly they are back to 100% health. Rather, laughter is the best medicine for the soul. Or at least that is what I take from the statement.

Think back to an instance where you laughed so hard your sides hurt and you had tears coming from both your eyes. When you couldn’t stop yourself giggling even several minutes after the initial joke/ situation had passed. It probably still makes you smile now if you look back on it. Who were you with? Unless you were watching Micheal McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow by yourself on Youtube (something I’ll admit to doing on a regular basis) you had to have been with someone! A close friend or relative. A person who means a lot to you and whom you care about very much.

Part of the reason I believe that laughter is medicine for the soul is because you require others around you to fully enjoy and experience it. I am fortunate enough to have a small number of friends who are always there to wipe my tears and instigate laughter at every opportunity. No matter how difficult the day, no matter how hard the decision nor how impossible some tasks might seem, they are there to make me laugh and smile.

I’ve grown up being told that I have an infectious positive attitude and that I am always smiling. Believe me, there are days when I don’t want to smile and will probably do my absolute best not to. But what does that prove? Who does it hurt? In my own opinion, we should be looking for the opportunities to laugh and smile throughout our day and life. I read a quote once that has stuck with me time and time again:

“Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile”

I’m not sure who wrote this, but it states the fact so simply: there is so much bad news out there. If we let it erode us, let it affect our everyday life, our smiles would just disappear. But what if we were to let ourselves be that change. Smile at a stranger passing us on the road, smile when someone serves us and wish them a good day, smile when someone opens the door or helps us with the smallest of tasks. Spread the happiness. And where possible, share the laughter.

Keep dreaming!

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