“If you wait to be happy, you will wait forever. If you are happy now, you will be happy forever”.

Persons who remain serious have more chances of getting heart attacks. And on the other hand people full of humor die young in old age. Humor in general and laughter in particular are the best medicines. You are incomplete in your dress if you are not wearing a smile on your face.

Humor is a universal language. It’s a contagious emotion and a natural diversion. It brings people together and breaks down barriers.  Hospitals around the world are incorporating laughter therapy programs into their treatment protocols and most hospitals now have humor rooms.

Laughter strengthens the immune system, it makes the cheeks sore and it actually increases one’s intellectual performance and boosts information retention.  Laughing produces endorphins in the body which are natural hormones promoting health.

Happiness is our essential nature. Health is nothing but inner happiness. There is a great interrelationship between our gestures (Mudra) and emotion and both are influenced by each other. If one is inflicted with the happiness of laughter, it is impossible to keep the facial gesture as wrinkled, frayed and tense.

Laughter is a de-stressing therapy. Fear is linked to high blood pressure; anger to heart attacks, paralysis, and acidity and greed and possessiveness to heart failure. These all negative emotions can be kept at bay if happiness is injected within the people. Laughing over much serious matters also provides a relief from the overstressed environment.

It is a proven Mudra of Yoga as well. Laughter is multifaceted, which not only lightens the situation, but also keeps anger, fear, and greed and like evils at bay.

Laughter is good for the heart. Many studies have shown that laughing causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to expand and increase blood flow – exactly what aerobic exercise does.

A comedy can be good for people; a stress-inducing movie can have a negative effect on cardiac health. In a study presented in theAmericanCollegeof Cardiology 2005; 20 volunteers watched a 15-minute segment from “Kingpin,” a 1996 Woody Harrelson comedy, and then 48 hours later viewed the opening battle scene from “Saving Private Ryan,” the 1998 movie starring Tom Hanks. After each movie was shown, researchers used ultrasound to measure changes in blood vessel reactivity.  On average, blood flow increased 22 percent after the Harrelson movie, comparable to the increase brought on by aerobic exercise, and decreased 35 percent after “Saving Private Ryan.”

One should try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the heart.

Laughter is good exercise. Laughing 100 times has the same effect on the body as being on a rowing machine for 10 minutes or a stationary bike for 15 minutes. Children laugh about 400 times a day. Adults laugh an average of 15 times a day.

Laughter is like ‘internal jogging,’ a form of exercise that keeps the body and the mind fit. It can give the heart muscles a good workout, improve circulation, increase your pulse rate, fill the lungs with oxygen-rich air and decrease tension.

Artificial or natural, laughter is the best exercise to be incorporated in daily life. It’s the best meditation technique as during laughter you are living only in the present forgetting the worries of the past and anxieties of the future.