What a great gift happiness is to receive and to give. Happiness can be shared in so many ways, like sending a “Thank You” note, a kiss on the cheek, warm hug, or through a smile. One of the funnest and easiest ways to spread happiness is through laughter.
“Laugh and the whole world laughs with you…”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
According to LiveScience.com, when our brain hears positive sounds, such as laughter or a squeal of excitement, it triggers a response that preps your facial muscles in correspondence with the type of sound. For example, when someone smiles at us we tend to smile back automatically.
The study also found that positive emotions are more contagious than negative emotions. What a wonderful way to combat sadness or frustration and create a strong bond between you and your friends, family, or co-workers than through positive expressions.
Laughter, and humor, is also a powerful ally for your physical and mental health. This chart from HelpGuide.org illustrates the many health benefits of laughter.
According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, “Laughter Therapy” studies have revealed that episodes of laughter have helped reduce pain, lowered stress-related hormones in the body, and boosted their immune system. It has also shown to improve quality of life for those suffering from chronic illnesses.
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
With so much evidence for the powerful impact of laughter, or humor, we figured what better way to share happiness with you than give you a good chuckle or two through funny images and quotes.
We hope you enjoy and be sure to share a laugh with all your friends, family, and co-workers.