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Laughter: The Best Medicine

African Teacher Joke

“ My school teacher taught me most of the lies I tell today. She would tell me to write a letter to my uncle abroad when she knows my uncle is in the village”

When was the last time you had a really good laugh from the pit of your stomach? This takes letting go of your inhibitions and just indulging in the laughter.  There’s a certain freedom in belly aching laughter.

Laughter is FREE and one of life’s greatest gifts. It makes our complex and often confusing existence decidedly more tolerable. It’s so satisfying when you laugh until your stomach hurts. And because laughter is contagious, there’s an inexplicable power in sharing laughter with others, and even with complete strangers. Laughter is a universal language.

The great thing also is that the benefits of laughter are instantaneous. You don’t need to ‘wait’ for anything, anyone or for it to show up in you like a workout at the gym or exercise class.

There’s a great deal of evidence that shows laughing improves both our mental and physical health. For example, research shows laughter activates the release of happy hormones when it comes to happiness mainly Serotonin, Dopamine, Endorphins and Oxytocin. These affect your entire body and work towards stabilizing mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness.

So, laughter not only reinforces social bonds, it’s essential to our survival. When life gets tough, laughter is often the only thing that makes us feel better. Laughter sets the spirit free – doesn’t matter how ‘you look’ when cracked up with laughter, even in even the most tragic circumstances.

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