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Laughter is the Best Medicine #FridayReflections

laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine.

It is a well-known adage. The numerous health benefits of laughter have been scientifically verified as well. Yet, more often than not, in all the hustle bustle of our lives, we forget to laugh. This week #FridayReflections prompt got me thinking and I have this short story – my first ever attempt at writing one – to share.

Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine’ – Lord Byron

It was not the first time she had seen the group of elderly doing laughter yoga’ in the park. They did it every day, 7 days a week, without fail. She would often catch a glance of the group raising their hands up as they laughed. At the count of 3, they would start their ‘ha-ha-ha’ and it would go full throttle for about a minute and then they would take a minuscule break (for a second or two), perhaps to catch their breath and start again. It would seem a bit like forced laughter for about 5 minutes, but after that, it seemed to come naturally. It was a rhythmic cycle and would last for about 30 minutes. Today, it was time for them to wrap up their session for it.

With a cup of her morning coffee, she would stare at them for a couple of minutes before getting on with her morning routine. She had to catch a bus to her office in exactly 30 minutes.

Radha had shifted to this locality of the city 2 months back. She had taken up a new job and her office was near to this place. The fact that her office bus would pick her from the stop right opposite her house was a big deciding factor in choosing the place. Plus she would be quite away from all that she had known in the city and all that had hurt her so deeply.

She wasn’t quite out of it yet. Distance would help she had thought. But, had it really helped?

Radha was fascinated by laughter yoga when she had learnt about it years ago. She had wanted to join the group when she came to live in this locality, but somehow couldn’t. The thought that she would look somewhat odd in the midst of all the elderly people didn’t encourage her to make the move.

She got ready five minutes early today and went to her pick up point. As she waited for her bus, she spotted the group enjoying a cup of masala chai by the roadside tea vendor. Almost instinctively, she approached the elderly uncle who she supposed was the instructor and asked if she could join their laughter club. Yes, why not came the reply. There was no criterion of age as such; anyone who was willing to have a good laugh was welcome.

Just then she spotted her office bus coming and turned to move in its direction.

‘Okay, Uncle I will join you all tomorrow.’

‘Sure, Beta. Laughter is the best medicine. Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine.’

She kept pondering over those lines for the whole day and realized she hadn’t had a good laugh for quite a while now. It must be more than 3 months now. She had been carrying the baggage of the break-up long enough and it was time to move on.

That night she was amused at herself for not being able to contain the excitement of joining the laughter yoga club the next day. And in the morning she found herself in the park at the appointed time.

At the mark of 3. Let’s do it. 1…2…3… ha ha ha ha.

How those 30 minutes passed she couldn’t surmise. For the first few minutes, she had to try really hard. And soon the squeals of laughter came automatically to her.

She could feel the stress releasing from her mind and body. All the baggage she was carrying was getting lighter and lighter; she was letting go all the hurt. Slowly, she felt energized.

She chuckled – the endorphins are doing their job. She felt lighter, calmer, and happier. Yes, indeed, laughter is the best medicine.

It was a new day and a new chapter in her life had begun.

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This post is written for the prompt – Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine’ – Lord Byron – for #FridayReflections provided by Corrine of EverydayGyaan and Shalini of KohlEyedMe.

Everyday Gyaan

If you wish to know more about Laughter Yoga, please check these links.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughter_yoga

https://laughteryoga.org/

http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/laughter-yoga/

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About Jyoti Babel

A freelance content writer, a blogger, a homemaker, and a busy mom of a super-active toddler. I am a believer of the maxim – books are our best friends. Reading a good book uplifts my mood and acts as a stress buster. Food inspires me – from trying new dishes, creating new recipes or food photography – I enjoy all of them. I absolutely enjoy good food, good books and good company. Taking long walks, listening to music, meeting a good friend over a cup of tea, baking the perfect cake, – all these little things make me happy is their own way.
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11 thoughts on “Laughter is the Best Medicine #FridayReflections

  1. So often, for a myriad of reasons, we forget to just laugh out loud! This was a really sweet story highlighting the need for a good belly laugh!

  2. Laughter yoga groups are fun. We have one in our society and I join in whenever I can. There are senior citizens in the group but we all get along beautifully. Laughter makes all things bad, go away. Your story made me smile, thank you.

  3. I love to laugh but before reading your post I hadn’t thought about how much I actually do it. You’re right, when we get busy and distracted by real life events and day-to-day chores, we aren’t thinking about laughing or doing anything that makes us laugh. This is good food for thought:) #MondayStumble

  4. That was such a beautiful story Jyoti. Laughter clubs just aid us like starters and then on our body and mind just opens up and welcomes the vibrations of the laughter.

  5. This is so true. Laughing is infectious. My best nights in have been when we put on music and all of us are laughing and dancing around together. Sarah #abloggingoodtime

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