Smile and Laugh

Smiling and laughter are the simplest and most powerful ways of releasing positive energy.

When we smile or laugh, our bodies release endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, which are hormones that make us feel good.  These hormones can help reduce pain, relieve stress, and improve our overall mood.  In fact, laughter has been called “the best medicine” because of its ability to improve our physical and emotional health.  It has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing stress, boosting the immune system, and promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.   

So, the next time you’re feeling down or stressed out start by smiling; I mean really smiling.  Have more time?  Ask Siri or Bing Chat to tell you a funny joke.  Watch a funny movie.  Spend time with friends who make you laugh. You might be surprised at how much better you feel!

Your Turn

Want to dig a bit deeper into finding how to improve your ability to incorporate smiling and laughter into your daily life?  Pick one of the journaling prompts to take 5 minutes to reflect.

  1. Reflect on a recent experience when your smile or laughter had a positive impact on your mood or someone else’s. Describe that moment and the emotions it brought forth.
  2. How can you cultivate a habit of smiling and finding humor in everyday life, even in mundane situations? Share your ideas and strategies for bringing more positivity into your daily routine.
  3. Explore the connection between laughter and stress relief. How has humor helped you navigate difficult or challenging situations in your life?
  4. Write about a time when you found it hard to smile or laugh. What were the circumstances, and what strategies or sources of humor could have lightened the situation?
  5. Think about the people, activities, or things that never fail to make you smile or laugh. How can you incorporate more of these into your daily life?
  6. Consider the power of a genuine, heartfelt laugh. Describe the last time you had such a laugh, and the positive energy it generated within you.
  7. Explore the impact of sharing laughter with others. Write about a memory of sharing a funny moment with friends or family and the sense of connection it created.
  8. What are your favorite sources of humor, whether they are books, movies, comedians, or personal anecdotes? Create a list of these sources and why they resonate with you.
  9. Write about the potential ripple effect of a smile or laughter. How do you think your positive energy can influence the people around you and create a more joyful atmosphere?
  10. Imagine a world where smiling and laughter are the norm rather than the exception. What would that world look like, and how can you contribute to making it a reality?

These journaling prompts can help you explore the joy and positivity that smiling and laughter can bring into your life, as well as how you can incorporate them more intentionally.

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.