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Why Laughing is important

It is so important as we grow older to incorporate as much laughter and humour as possible in
our life.

Why would you need to include laughter in our life, one would ask? In this world of
incredible change we need to embrace and celebrate change, as change is a constant in life.
People get caught up in being to busy and forget to enjoy the simple things in life. Laughter
has that embodiment to bring you down to earth which entails bringing your childhood back
into your life. Laughter helps you feel good by increasing the feel good hormones such as
dopamine and endorphins.

If you include gentle movement exercises with laughter, it will help to reduce physical and
emotional stress involved in our modern world of rapid change. With a combination of
laughter and gentle exercises, it helps to stimulate people’s minds and body. Helps break
down the barriers and helps them enjoy their comfort zone and also stretches their comfort
zone.

While laughing all our senses naturally and effortlessly combine in a moment of harmony, to
give joy, peace and relaxation. There is no medicine like laughter which gives such an instant
result without any side effects.

It will help with a person’s mental health by improving their self-esteem, social bonding and
may help to relieve another disease of the 20 th century ‘loneliness’. People as they grow older
are experiencing social isolation which leads to their communication skills deteriorating
which enhances their social isolation.

There are many challenges in growing older, such as increasing loneliness and isolation,
death of a partner or close friends, developing medical conditions and cognitive decline.
These events maybe barriers to older people adjusting to their new identity and roles and their
usual activities of socialising, driving etc. When these activities are curtailed, they can lead to
a sense of alienation, hopelessness, and reduced self-esteem.

By continuing to participate in society as we get older it allows one to hold the same status
they had when they were younger and had hope, great self-esteem. Social cohesion, inclusion
and belonging within one’s community helps to provide the vital protective factors for one’s
health and wellbeing especially their mental health. Giving a person the confidence, courage
and new feelings to explore new interests, activities and relationships.

Participating in laughter can help to provide hope which can help to change people’s
attitudes, values, goals and feelings, helping with their mental health, as a positive mindset
rewards life.

By seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, you can improve your emotional
health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.
More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to
find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh or even
simply a smile, can go a long way toward making you feel better. Laughter really is
contagious, just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the
fun.

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