Laughter is the Most Valuable Elixir
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.” –Langston Hughes
Have you ever laughed so hard that barely any audible noise came out of your mouth, that your face became contorted in ways that you can’t consciously control, and your eyes dripped tears from the slightest slits? Have you ever lost your breath? Held you stomach with the pain of a thousand sit-ups? There is something deeply therapeutic about a deep-seated laughter.
What makes you laugh? Do you appreciate sarcasm? Dry humor? Slap stick comedy? Utter and complete randomness? Observational humor? Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers;” we should find our way to a field of flowers at least once daily. When we laugh, we are building new endorphin circuits, which in turn help release endorphins. Endorphins make us happy.
Hana Matt explains that, “laughing releases fear and stress. Humor is a ‘rising above,’ a ‘stepping beyond,’ and a ‘not-being-captive-of’ our momentary condition. A sense of humor is the result of a true sense of proportion…without humor, we could fall victim to despair. If we put our attention on the emptiness and tragedy of our lives, we will remain caught in meaninglessness and apathy. If instead we envision our ultimate potential, remembering our larger identity beyond just the small self, we will begin to break the spell by which we continually shipwreck ourselves.”
Find what makes you smile, giggle, belly laugh, and cry tears of joyous outbursts. There are too many serious components of our lives to be serious all of the time. An added bonus of laughter is that it is one of the most contagious actions. When you laugh, you are potentially bringing laughter into someone else’s life. Thus, when you find joy, you are also helping to spread it.
"And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should calle very truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh." Friedrich Nietzsche
Thanks for sharing a smile with us this week!