“Mamma was gracious and happy. Hetty was radiant and rident.” William Makepeace Thackeray; The Virginians; 1859.
Even being in constant pain I try to be rident most of the time, this can be hard to do when all you want to do is put your head on a pillow and go to sleep. It is certainly not easy, however I feel that there is no point being miserable, you only get one chance on this planet, and you have to make the most of your lot. Not only that, people generally won’t want to know you if you are miserable and constantly focused on the way pain affects your life. That’s not to say I don’t talk about my pain and experiences, and I can be as miserable as a soaking wet day in the middle of summer, I just try not to dwell on the hand of cards I have been dealt.
I also find that by smiling and laughing my way through life helps me mentally and physically. The reason for this is that laughter reduces stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine – less stress equals less pain; the brain also releases endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good hormones) which can temporarily reduce physical pain. The saying “Laughter is the best medicine” could actually be true when you look at these other facts alongside those mentioned above:
- It relaxes the whole body
- It eases anxiety and fear
- It boosts the immune system
- It lowers blood pressure
- It protects the heart
- It increases oxygen flow to the brain
- It promotes better sleep
- It is contagious
- It brings joy to your life
- It can improve relationships
- It improves mood
As you see there are plenty of benefits for laughing, give it a go and have a good laugh today!