Take the Time to Laugh and Love

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There are medical studies that have shown that patients who are optimistic and laugh recover faster than those who are morose and feel sorry for themselves. Isn’t that wonderful? Laughter truly is the best medicine. It boosts your immune system, and can even alleviate depression and pain. Some studies show that people recover from flu and cold faster when they watch comedies. So the next time you get the sniffles, reach for that Simpsons DVD instead of the antibiotics!

If you want to live a good life, adopt the mentality of an optimist. In a bad situation, don’t think: “Oh no! The world is going to collapse around me!” Instead, think: “No matter how bad things may seem at any moment, they will get better.” Count your blessings and appreciate all the good things you have in your life. I always try to pay close attention to the “little things” that make life so beautiful – such as stunning scenery, a sunset, or an exquisite piece of music. Don’t ever focus on the negative in the situation, and try to find the silver lining in everything. I’m not saying you should be unrealistic. I just believe that being an optimist will help you get through major changes in life and in times of stress.

Love makes the world go round

And while you’re practicing laughter, why not try a little love in the mix?

Love, for all its definitions, can often have similar effects to laughter. Being in love also releases special chemicals in the body that make you feel happy. Can you remember how you felt in the early stages of a relationship? Feeling like a kid, giddy, butterflies in the stomach – that is what love feels like, and we have all experienced it at least once in our life. It makes you feel good, even if just for a short period of time.

Besides romantic love, there are other types of love, for example, the love you have for your children, your parents, a close friend, or a pet. That is the love that lasts forever and makes you feel complete. So take some time to realize this love and enjoy it. Spend more time playing with children and watch them laugh. Visit your elderly family members and talk to them more often. Do something nice for your friend – acts of kindness not only put a smile on their face but on yours too. Volunteer for a good cause – it will make you feel great that you are contributing to the world and society. Adopt a pet – caring for something and their unconditional love makes you feel wonderful.

 

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