The person who knows how to laugh at himself
Will never cease to be amused.
Laughter is the best medicine. It is healing. It is exercise for your heart and lungs. And, according to Woody Allen, he's thankful for laughter...except when milk comes out of his nose. Who doesn't love to laugh?
Norman Cousins (1915-1990) editor of the Saturday Evening Post and adjunct professor of Medical Humanities for the School of Medicine at the University of California, actually used laughter as therapy. He researched the biochemistry of human emotions and believed they played a key role in successfully fighting disease. When he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis, he developed his own recovery plan which included taking megadoses of vitamin C, maintaining a positive attitude and laughter induced by watching Marx Brothers films. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. When this laughter anesthetic wore off, he would watch another movie.
Laughter boosts your immune system. It also releases endorphins, or "brain candy" as I like to call them, right into your brain to boost your mood. While pessimistic people may have a more realistic world view, happy and optimistic people generally have a better quality of life, are healthier and live longer. Sounds like a winning combination to me.
Your mood is ultimately your choice. Whenever you find yourself feeling down in the dumps, try these tips:
. Smile. Yes...smile. Just changing your facial expression sends powerful messages to your brain.
. Watch reruns of I Love Lucy or Mrs. Doubtfire (that movie cracks me up every time I see it).
. Read the comics in the newspaper. You'll find this more rewarding than the actual news.
Be happy, be sad, be angry, be miserable...it's all up to you. It's All In Your Head.