March is celebrated as Spiritual Wellness Month. It is a time to reflect on the values, ethics and morals that add value and give meaning to your life. Here at diGJamaica, we’re going on a quest for 30 days of inspiration: extracting the common principles from different religions and systems of belief that help their followers to find inner peace, purpose and direction. Each day for the month of March, we will be sharing another principle with you. Join us as we embark on this journey to spiritual wellness.
What we’ve covered so far:
It sounds silly, but there must be a reason every major religion on planet Earth includes smiling and laughing as practices that promote spiritual wellness. Science tells us that body language and mood are closely associated. It is possible for your body language to dictate your mood, instead of just reflecting it. So, for example, the person who smiles even when they don’t feel like it is more prone to experiencing a lift in spirits from the internal biological processes triggered from that one smile.
What can one smile do? Well, the act of smiling and laughing literally relaxes the muscles in your face and calms down your nervous system. It also releases more oxygen to the brain, which then releases endorphins, the neurotransmitters that make you feel happy and less stressed.
When you add laughter to this mix, you have a power-packed duo against disease and pain. Laughing boosts the immune system and increases the antibodies that fight infection. It also triggers the release of endorphins, which reduce stress and can even lessen pain. There is even a branch of therapy, called humour therapy, which uses laughter to help patients achieve health and wellness.
So, when was the last time you had yourself a good laugh? And when was the last time you gave a nice, big smile? Don’t you think it’s time to make laughing and smile a daily spiritual practice?