Something we frequently forget

laughter: A vocal expression of amusement, enjoyment, or derision, characterized by inspiratory and expiratory movements occurring in rapid succession. Laughter is pleasurable because it serves to release tension built up when people listen to an amusing story or watch an amusing event. Laughter may also result when states of threat occur in a safe context or from an abrupt resolution of a cognitive incongruity. In psychoanalytic theory, laughter may be viewed as a defense against crying or embarrassment. Unrestrained or paroxysmal laughing spells have been found to precipitate cataplectic attacks, to be a common manifestation in manias, and to be an occasional symptom of psychomotor seizures among children (APA.com).

Create the habit of practicing laughing–even if about yourself–now and then. A laugh will change how you see and perceive those around you as you become more self-aware of your strengths. Some might view a laugh as a manifestation of weakness or a vague expression of the mind. Instead, laughter is an expression of the soul that should be appreciated, understood, and welcomed tenfold because, without it, our world becomes dark and shadowed by sorrow and difficulties.

Iberkis Faltas, Ph.D.

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