Being a habitual early morning walker in the neighborhood park, I regularly find many people like me standing together in a corner and laughing boisterously without any rhyme or reason. Initially, it came to me as a great shocking surprise, for I found no reason for them to laugh at all.
But as the mystery was unfolded, I was given to understand that all of them were the active members of a laughter brigade, who laughed daily as a ritual to provide their lungs with the much-required free flow of oxygen.
Laughing takes off your killing tension and makes you forget the frets and fumes of daily moments. There is little surprise that owing to its magical effect, even a patient is advised to have a hearty laugh by his doctor these days.
Experts say that many of our health problems are mental. Physical sufferings or ailments are often the symptoms of some inner mental disorder or conflict. So, if we change our attitude towards life in general and to diseases, in particular; have frequent occasions to laugh and remain optimistically in good humour, we shall surely be able to overcome many of our physical ailments.
It is a scientifically established fact that laughter, in the sense of a cheerful and hopeful temperament, improves digestion; regularizes hormone secretion in the body; and thus provides us with energy to resist many diseases.
A good number of doctors wisely proclaim that laughter chases the toxins out of the body-system, necessary to make one feel greatly refreshed-physically as well as mentally. Depression and anger result in the release of adrenalin into the stomach, which can often lead to grave body disorders.
All this indicates that a joviality of temperament and an optimistic attitude to life are unavoidable essentials for a healthy living. A healthy state of mind and a cheerful attitude helps to solve many problems and makes one fit to take on life’s innumerable depressions and, perhaps, come out victorious in the end.
One who has a desperate approach towards life creates problems for oneself. Life seems bleak and devoid of charm, forcing anyone to cry:
Out of the day and night,
A joy has taken flight.
A cheerful attitude towards life gives one the strength to face adversity boldly and courageously. Everyone likes a cheerful person. He is like the bright sunshine for others. A smiling, cheerful, exuberant bearing can win one a job or a higher place in the rung of progress. John Masefied has correctly said:
“Laugh and be merry,
Remember, better the world with a song.”