Enrich your social connections. Boost your immune system. Melt away the stresses of day-to-day life.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Several years ago, I was hit with a case of Bell’s Palsy, causing temporary paralysis to the left side of my face. At risk of living with permanent nerve damage, I began my rehabilitation journey with facial exercises to gradually help my muscles repair.
Every day, I had to exercise a combination of facial expressions to get my muscles back in action. But as the weeks went on, I realised I wasn’t just relearning facial expressions: I was reconnecting with their associating uplifting emotions.
I had never practised ‘forced’ smiling before, but my conscious efforts revealed how smiling lifted my mood, even if I couldn’t physically smile at the time.
I learned that the brain can’t tell between real happiness and fake smiling, so you can trick yourself into feeling good.
Embracing laughter as a natural therapy brought an unwavering sense of joy I now carry with me throughout each and every day.
Which is why I’m excited to share with you how laughter can improve your life, reduce stress and make you more in tune with your emotional wellbeing.
The main therapy for getting muscle tone back is to do facial exercises which gradually turn the muscles back on. These include smiling and making all types of expressions to retrain muscles. As I did my exercises, I began to notice smiling actually lifted my mood, even though for the ﬁrst few weeks outsiders could hardly tell I was doing anything due to no external success! On the inside, though, I was smiling and feeling good about it.