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Published on January 27th, 2012 | by Yellow Magpie

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Laugh, Laugh, Laugh: How To Be Happier And Have Fun

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The value of laughter cannot be underestimated. A good sense of humour is priceless and can easily be developed.

Seeing the funny side of things is the key to getting through life. Many of us take ourselves way too seriously and suffer as a result.

If we were to see the same situation played out on film we would no doubt be laughing up our sleeves at the silliness of the situation.

Benefits of Laughter

There are so many benefits to laughter it would be crazy not to engage in it every day.

The old adage ‘Laughter Is The Best Medicine‘ is more than a motto there is a lot of truth to it.

Laugher relieves stress, helps relax the body, boosts the heart and gives a good work-out.

Clown Laughing

Journalist, professor, author and peace activist, Norman Cousins claimed that laughter helped him to control the pain of a form of arthritis called Marie-Strumpell’s disease. Cousins was told the disease would kill him.

He carried out research into the link between human emotions and illness. Along with developing the positive characteristics of love, faith and hope he trained himself to laugh every day.

Cousins’s favoured way was to watch Marx Brothers films. He said ‘I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me two hours of pain free sleep.

When the pain came back he would watch more Mark brothers with the same result.

So why don’t we get straight into the laughter ourselves and who better to start with than the great Stephen Fry.

Not your cup of tea. Then how about this? The hilarious Rowan Atkinson better known as Mr Bean.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

Very often we chase happiness, we think ‘if only I had this or that or the other then I know I would be happy.’ But happiness has very little to do with things. It has to do with an inner state of being and being happy with who we are and where we find ourselves right now and trying to make the most of it.

A good place to start is to learn to laugh. We all think we know how to laugh and yes we do but adults especially forget the simple art. It is said that children laugh around 150 times a day whereas adults barely laugh five times. Isn’t that sad?

Think of the end of our lives will what we are worrying and stressing about now really matter then?
As the great Mark Twain said ‘I have spent most of my time worrying about things that have never happened’

Dancing Bears

Now watch Matt Harding who became famous on YouTube for his funny dance which he brought around the world. Then he got others to join in the fun. Watch especially for the adults who really get into the goofy dance and lose their inhibitions.

Play

Adults also lose the ability to play as they get older. A lot of this has to do with being afraid to look silly so even though we want to get on the merry-go-round we forgo the opportunity because we think we would look foolish. We would do anything to try skating on ice but again fear of what others might think prevents us.

We would love to take up dancing but we think we are just too old. We see a pair of colourful trousers that appeal to our inner playful child but again we are stopped in our tracks by that old adult spoil sport.

The next time you want to try something silly or buy those multi coloured trousers the trick is not to let your head get in the way just listen to your first impulse don’t think about it just do it.

It’s time for another laugh! Here is the great Jim Carry playing pet detective Ace Ventura.

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Laugh And The World Laughs With You

Maybe your life has been hard and you have had a lot of heartache and sadness. Well you need to laugh now more than ever. You may not feel like it at the moment but there will come a day in the future when you will feel hopeful again even though at the moment you cannot see it.

In the meantime, try to find some time during the day to laugh and remember the benefits to your health.

When you are laughing you forget about your cares for a little while at least. Is it not worth your while to dedicate at least part of your day to laughing?

This next video is Hugh Laurie, star of the popular House series in which he plays an acerbic doctor. Hugh is a terrific comedian and singer. Here he combines both.


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