Laughter is the best medicine!
Watch the video below and time how long it takes you to start smiling, bet you can’t go for the whole 1 min 40 seconds of the video!
It is very easy to under estimate the impact your mood can have on the people you interact with.
I called a call centre last Friday to query the progress of an application I had made. Prior to making the call I was in a good mood, but the lady who answered the call quickly grew very frustrated by the fact I didn’t have my reference number to hand. This meant she had to go into a different screen and carry out a search by my address.
She was clearly not happy about this and I could feel the tension rising in me as well as a result. Rather than allow her mood to affect me I simply said, “You don’t sound very happy are you not having a good day?”. Her attitude changed immediately as she gave an embarrassed laugh and assured me all was well. For the rest of the call her mood was considerably lighter and she was far more helpful.
It is always the case that your mood can have a big impact on those around you and there are various experts who believe laughter really may be the best medicine. According to research presented to the American College of Cardiology. Laughing appears to boost your blood flow and researchers say it may reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
But the benefits of laughing don’t stop with your heart: laughing has previously been found to help fight infections, relieve hay fever, ease pain and help control diabetes.
So the next time you are feeling down remember that you can bring others down as well. Instead think of the baby in the video and smile. 🙂