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Poem-Laughter Can Transform Your World-Response to Brenda’s Word Prompt-Week 23

I love poetry. I am a voracious reader and am passionate about writing. I have recently started my foray into poetry.

laughter is the best medicine

laughter is the best medicine

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor

— Charles Dickens

Laughter is the Best Medicine

They say 'Laughter is the best medicine'. Laughter improves health and helps in healing. And the best thing is that it is free and easy to use. It is infectious, helps in connecting with people, lightens our problems, keeps us focused and alert. Studies have shown that people having a healthy sense of humor live longer than those without, have better focus and better careers.

At this time, the stress and uncertainty, due to the pandemic, shifting to work from home, isolation, feeling of disconnection with the outside world, has impacted lives. There has been a rise in anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. Psychologists advise their patients to watch comedy shows and movies and indulge in laughter to relive from stress and anxiety. Laughter is contagious. Seeing people laughing, automatically brings a smile on our face.

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side-effects

— Arnold H Glasow

children laugh more

children laugh more

Laugh like the Children

We have observed that children laugh more often than adults. As people grow older, they become too serious and lose the ability to laugh often. It is not surprising that they say childhood days are the best days of our life. Psychologists nowadays advise people to spend more time with children to regain the joys of childhood. By becoming more playful and humorous, we can improve our health and life. People have realized the importance of laughter. We see more of laughter clubs and doctors too advise laughter therapy as a form of treatment. Laughter Yoga is the latest trend today.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

It is a form of exercise and breathing technique, that aims to promote joy, bring out our inner child, to let go of stress. It helps us focus on the happier side of life. The workout usually involves stretching, gentle yogic breathing or pranayama, and simulated unrestricted laughter. It is usually performed in a group setting. Laughter yoga is good for cardiovascular health, reduces blood pressure, relieves stress. A general sense of well being is felt as endorphins are released with this workout. As it is a simple workout, it is suitable for everyone and known to bring in changes faster than normal yoga. These laughter clubs are usually free and managed by volunteers and can be easily accessed. This form of workout is especially beneficial for people with high blood pressure, and for people who are stressed or depressed.

Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing’

— Jarod Kintz

Word Prompts Help Creativity Week 23- by Brenda Arledge

Brenda, a talented poet, and a dear friend at HubPages gives us a single word prompt every week, to help inspire our creativity, encouraging us to write a poem, short story, song or any combination. We have great fun trying out new ideas for the word prompt. This week’s word prompt was ‘Laughter’. Our Hubber friends came up with excellent responses. I was challenged by my husband to write a rhyming poem. All these days I preferred to write in Free verse as I have just started my journey into poetry. I feel comfortable writing Free verse poems. This time after giving it quite a lot of reflection, my muse came up with this poem on Laughter. So the delay in creating the response. I hope Brenda and my Hubber friends like it.

Let go of doubts and worries

Release all the inhibitions

It is good to be spontaneous

Laughter needs no definitions.


In the world filled with fears

Laughter brings hope

Forget all the tears

Nothing is beyond your scope.

Laughter takes away the troubles

Helps you forget the pain

Makes life worth the struggles

And there is nothing but gain.


Remove thoughts that block laughter

Let deep feelings rise to the surface

Don’t hesitate to express them freely

Take yourself less earnestly.

Laughter is contagious

Seek laughter whenever you can

Laugh at yourself more often

Uncover the irony of life,


Find your inner child

And laugh at everything

A funny poster, a joke

Anything that makes you smile.

The weight of the world is heavy

For your shoulders alone

Take life lightly, sing like a canary

Laugh away and don’t bemoan.


Life is full of challenges

Don’t let them bog you down

When you play with problems

They transform into opportunity.

Laugh and play with the children

They can transform your world

And take you to a higher place

From where you can view life

like it was a chill run.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

manatita44 from london on August 05, 2021:

Laughter is contagious and of course we see this in children too. Therapeutic Yoga is very good for adults who wants to enjoy themselves. Lovely article and meaningful poetry.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 05, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for the encouraging comments. I am glad you liked my response. The moment I saw the word prompt Laughter, the saying came to mind 'laughter us the best medicine'. And I also remembered how children laugh for no reason and are always so carefree and happy. Laughter Yoga is a new trend that has started. Many seniors in our area go to the park every day and do it with their friends. They say it's simple and fun and has lot of health benefits. I am planning to join. Honestly I find it difficult to believe that one can laugh for no reason. Should try it out. Have a good day, stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 04, 2021:

Vidya

Your article tells us that laughter is contagious.

I totally agree.

It is a free resource and easy to use.

At this time during this pandemic we need to utilize it more than ever.

You remind us that children laugh more often than adults.

That we need to find the joy of laughing like we did back then.

You point us in the direction of Laughter with Yoga exercises to get us back on track.

Honestly, I had not heard of this until a few Hubbers mentioned it.

It sounds amazing to me.

In your poem you tell us to let go of doubts & worries & be spontaneous.

That with the struggles we face in life, laughter brings us hope.

That we should open our minds and release negative thoughts. Let the laughter touch us and learn to laugh at ourselves.

Enjoy a moment that will release that heavy weight on our shoulders.

Learn to not let life bog you down. Look at life the way a child does & enjoy each moment with no worries.

You've done a wonderful job on this one.

We definitely need to laugh more.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 04, 2021:

Thanks Pamela for the kind comments. I almost gave up this week. Then sat overnight and did some thinking and some research and my muse came up with this response. My husband's challenge was the biggest hurdle as I found it tough to create a rhyming poem. You do it so well and all the time Pamela. It's really great. Have a good day and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 04, 2021:

Thanks John, I appreciate your kind comments. I almost thought I wouldn't make it this time, since I was held up with other things. Somehow I managed to come up with the response. I am glad you liked it. Yes Laughter Yoga has great health benefits, I have heard. It's a poplar trend now. Have a great day and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 04, 2021:

Thanks Linda. I very much appreciate your visit and comments. Yes, Laughter Yoga is really quite easy and fun, when we work out with our friends. I am planning to join soon. Have a great day and stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 04, 2021:

Thanks Lora for the kind comments. Yes I have heard of the immense benefits of laughter yoga. Considering it is quite simple and fun, I am also thinking of joining the classes. Have a great day, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 04, 2021:

Thanks Flourish, I really appreciate your visit and kind comments. I have seen many seniors in our area go for laughter yoga classes. They say it's quite easy and fun when done in a group. U have feel the change, when I watch comedy series and movies and do just that to unwind. Take care, stay blessed.Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 04, 2021:

Thanks Bill for the visit and kind comments. Much appreciated. I am glad you liked my response. Have a great day, stay blessed.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 04, 2021:

A wonderful response to the challenge, my friend. May we both experience many more years of laughter. Blessings to you always!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 04, 2021:

I never heard of laughter yoga. Laughter allows us to let go of stress and unwind. I enjoyed your poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 04, 2021:

Vidya,

I'm going to post in word prompt article & read tomorrow.

Lora Hollings on August 03, 2021:

An excellent article on all the benefits of laughter, Vidya. I think laughter can really lighten our load in life and help us to worry less. Laughter yoga sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I will have to try it. I enjoyed your delightful poem, too. An excellent article to Brenda's word prompt.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 03, 2021:

I've been reading about the benefits of laughter lately. Laughter yoga sounds like a great idea! Thank you for sharing the information and the enjoyable poem.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 03, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your wise insights on laughter in both your prose and poetry, Vidya. I keep hearing about “laughter yoga” lately, so it must be a popular new trend. This is another good response to Brenda’s prompt.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 03, 2021:

Laughing yoga was new to me until I started researching the word laughter, and I think it is great.

I really enjoyed reading your poem about laughter. I do believe that laughter is the best medicine.

This is a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt. I like your poem. Thanks for sharing another response to laugher.

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