The main physical benefits of laughter have been presented in a previous post. If that was not enough laughter comes with even more benefits.
Changes your perspectives: laughter allows you to see things in a different light by giving you a more lighthearted perspective. It does not change the circumstances, but it changes how you perceive them. It diverts negative feelings such as stress, anxiety, fear or boredom by triggering positive emotions such as happiness, well being or good mood. When life brings you challenge you are emotionally more flexible and resilient to overcome them. When I started to work as a bilingual client service representative, I had from time to time, in the early stages of a conversation, clients who told me with a rough tone of voice:” I don’t like your accent, I want to speak to someone else.” On the first few occurrences, I felt quite upset and out of sorts. I decided to shift my perception in this situation. I committed myself to laugh Instead. When the same situation occurred again, I put the person on hold to find the next interlocutor. During this time, I sent an instant message to my whole team including my team lead and manager: “I need to transfer a client to an Anglophone representative, with absolutely no French accent. In return I will, to whoever takes this call, help you by speaking French with no English accent.” I had fun writing this instant message, and along with making my colleagues laugh, I had more helpers than I needed to take those calls.
Improves your cognition: after a joyous laughter session, your creativity increases, your problem-solving ability improves and so does your memory. According to a study presented in April 2014 in San Diego, California, a joyous laughter produces frequency waves in the brain similar to the ones experienced by people who meditate. This process is well explained: “When there is mirthful laughter, it’s as if the brain gets a workout because the gamma wave band is in synch with multiple other areas that are in the same 30-40 hertz frequency. This allows for the subjective feeling states of being able to think more clearly and have more integrative thoughts. This is of great value to individuals who need or want to revisit, reorganize, or rearrange various aspects of their lives or experiences, to make them feel whole or more focused.” I have tried meditation a couple of times, but was never able to make it a regular practice. With my joyful nature, I found laughter way easier to “practice”. How about you?
Any other benefits of laughter you know?
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