In the world we live in today, we are confronted with a myriad of challenges, problems and seemingly immovable obstacles as we journey through life. So many people go through life as if they carry the burden of the world on their shoulders.
The truth is we all go through different stuff in life and it is important to accept these problems as part of the ‘education of life’. When these problems occur, we can’t wish them away, but one thing we can do is to choose how we react to them.
Most people will pretty much wear their hearts on their sleeves by going around with long faces, the pain and discomfort of what they are going through etched on their faces.
This is one good way to attract sympathy and pity but in my experience in life, being pitied never really helps anyone. However, there is another way to confront these challenges.
Whenever I am confronted with these challenges, I laugh at first, as ludicrous as this may sound, that is what I do. I laugh because it helps me to view the problem from a positive perspective.
I have practised this as a lifestyle and it has helped me whenever I am going through a rough patch, by meeting the negativity of my situation with the positivity of laughing at the situation, I tend to strip them down piece by piece and come up with simple and amicable solutions to them.
The importance of laughter in our lives is one that cannot be understated as its varying benefits cuts across the medical, psychological and social spheres of life. For instance scientists have proven that laughter, humor and joy are an important part of life.
Laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and increases muscle flexibility. It increases the circulation of antibodies in the bloodstream and makes us more resistant to infection. In fact, the popular saying that ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is one that should not be taken lightly.
Psychologically, laughter is known to help reduce stress, pressure and also help us to be more resistant to pain. Socially, someone who laughs easily is one who is easily able to make friends, as people would naturally avoid someone who carries a long face all the time.
No one loves to be around wet blankets, so make laughing, smiling and joyful expressions a part of your day and you will notice the profound impact it will have on you and the people who surround you.
Remember, like a wise man once said, ‘happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them’. And in the words of the great comic.
‘A day without laughter is a day wasted’.- Charlie Chaplain
So, go about your day today with a smile on your face, though you may not