As she said so many things, Audrey Hepburn said this well: “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
In the realm of laughter being the one of the most positive things one can do, I try to surround myself with people who make me laugh and my closest friends have the best senses of humor. My personal humor is self-deprecating, but I don’t find that negative, just a sign that I can laugh at myself and don’t take my successes (or failures) too seriously.
And, I’ve always preferred comedies over dramas, the crazier the better (Airplane, Young Frankenstein), and I love science fiction comedies (Spaceballs, Galaxy Quest) and I even enjoy zombie comedies (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland)! And countless others that I will catch on late night cable or load into the DVD player when I’m feeling that life has become too serious or negative and I need some comic relief.
Laughter is healthy. Plain and simple, it engages 15 different muscles in your face and it causes muscle contractions in your limbs, diaphragm and back. A good chuckle also increases blood flow (energizing!), boosts immunity, lowers blood sugar levels, and helps you relax which could lead to better sleep. And consider that 10-15 minutes of laughter burns 50 calories that means one really good comedy could burn up to 300 calories!!
So, in sum: laughter is the essence of being happy – it makes you feel positive, is an excellent cardio workout and it’s good for your soul.