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Laughter IS contagious. It’s nearly impossible not to laugh when you hear someone else genuinely laughing. We like a person with a good sense of humor. A sense of humor is rated as one of the most important characteristics by single people looking for a partner. Sharing laughter brings people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter really is powerful medicine—it has a positive effect on physical and emotional health and has social benefits as well.
Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the human body. It strengthens the immune system, relaxes muscles, boosts energy, diminishes pain, protects against cardiovascular disease, and reduces the effects of stress. It’s powerful in supporting emotional health as well. Laughter makes you feel good. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. And the good feeling you get when you laugh stays with you even after you stop laughing. Laughter helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations. A humorous perspective creates a psychological distance from a problem, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Even a smile goes a long way toward making you feel better in a disappointing situation.
Why do we seek out people with a sense of humor? Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone. Humor strengthens relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connections. Laughter keeps relationships fresh and exciting and unites people in difficult times. Laughing together creates a positive bond that allows us to be more spontaneous and let go of defensiveness.
If you’re able to see the humor in situations and even laugh at yourself, you’re probably doing yourself a big favor. We all know someone who takes everything too seriously and never laughs at anything. Obviously, some events are not occasions for laughter, but most events in life give you the choice to laugh or not. Try to see the lighter side:
- Try to find humor in embarrassing moments.
- Look for the humor in a bad situation. Irony and absurdity are a big part of life.
- Maintain perspective. Keep in mind that many things in life are beyond our control. Laugh and move on.
- Lighten up. Keep a toy on your desk or in your car. Keep photos of you and your family and friends laughing or having fun on your desk or computer.
- Act like a child. Kids are great at taking life lightly and seeing the silly side of things. Take a lesson.