My son has a laugh that is rich and full and completely contagious. It comes from deep in his soul, and you don’t just hear it, you also feel it. Like tuning forks, the people around him also start laughing, just because the sound is so resonant and pure with joy.
Don’t you love laughing with someone? Even if you don’t know them! When it comes to laughter, none of the outer proprieties matter. Funny is funny. And such a delight when it happens!
Laughter is so bonding, so simple, and so profound all at the same time. The phrase “laughter is the best medicine” is one most of us have heard before, and for good reason. The endorphins — our “feel good” hormones — that get released during laughter stimulate muscles, nerves, and organs. In fact, studies have shown that laughter eases chronic pain, relieves stress, and strengthens the immune system.
In short, laughing literally helps us to heal.
Laughter boosts and uplifts our spirit, helps us to look on the bright side of life, and enriches and deepens our relationships. And there are so many different types of laughter! There is the belly laugh, the snicker, the quick barking outburst of a surprised laugh, and my personal favorite — the kind where tears fly out the sides of your eyes because whatever is happening is so funny you can hardly get a breath.
Laughter is intimate. It’s a connection of body, mind, and spirit that happens between ourself and other bodies, minds, and spirits. It’s no wonder that in marriages that last (statistically), the couple laughs together. The family laughs together.
Speaking of which… Tomorrow is my birthday, and my husband’s. Being married to someone with the same birthday is a powerful mirror (and sometimes a harrowing one). But when that mirror is laughing back, what a joy-filled experience! And when that son of mine gets going, he can make a whole restaurant join in the delight and lean closer to see what’s happening.
What a lovely impact to have on the world! What a fun and truly magnetic thing real laughter is!