Laughter is the Best Medicine

Victoria - Los Angeles, California
Entered on April 21, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I have heard about strong evidence that proves laughter can improve health and fight disease. I would be willing to bet that this is true because laughter makes people happy and happy people tend to be healthier.

Laughter is something that comes very naturally to me. The most random things can get me cracking up or, depending on the situation, I may just laugh in my mind. I don’t know if this makes me weird, but sometimes I laugh about something that may have happened the day or week before. Laughing puts me in a better mood and gives me more energy when I’m having a slow and boring day.

Sometimes when I’m in a bad mood or I’m upset about something, my friends try to cheer me up by getting me to laugh. Although that may not solve the problem I’m upset about, having a good attitude will help me get closer to solving it.

There have been many times where my friends have tried to cheer me up by getting me to laugh. One time, it was after school and I was frustrated with this boy that I really don’t like. I was so upset that I had started crying. My friend Amanda had seen me crying and she came up to me and pinched my cheeks while saying in a babyish voice, “Who’s the cutest girl in the world? You are! You are!” That did get me to laugh and did make me feel a bit better. Some guys that we knew were there with us and they kept asking what was wrong and why I was crying. My friends Karina and Giselle just told them my dog died. I laughed a little because I knew that I hadn’t had a dog in years. For me, it was pretty difficult to talk about what was happening because I was upset. It seemed as if there was a blender of emotions and thoughts in my head and someone just pressed puree. After making me laugh a bit, I was able to relax and it was easier to talk about it.

During the week I like to watch George Lopez at 10:00 at night. I usually fall asleep before the first hour is done, but if I can’t fall asleep, I change the channel and watch another hour at 11:00. I love watching George Lopez, one of my favorite shows, before I go to sleep because it is really funny. Watching the show, I’ll be laughing even if it’s an episode I’ve seen before. The negativity fading away, I begin to feel better, forgetting my troubles before falling asleep. If I go to sleep in a good mood, I sleep better and wake up in a better mood.

There are times where I can be so angry, sad or frustrated, but after watching GRΣΣK, iCarly, The Soup or any other funny show I like, I get a sense of relief. I start to feel relaxed and forget about my troubles. Laughing is like an outlet for my negative emotions.

I think if you’re in a bad mood, you should try to watch something funny on TV or watch a funny movie. You shouldn’t take yourself too seriously and just laugh when things start to head south. I mean, who doesn’t like a good laugh?