What is the best kind of medicine? Laughter! At least that is what researchers say in Laughter is the best medicine. I have always been a firm believer that laughter not only helps brighten your mood but also the people around you. Laughter is important in my life because I value relationships and the priceless memories that come with it. The memories that I cherish most in life usually reflect the fact that I am laughing till I cry.
I would say that I have a unique laugh, it sounds like I am gasping for air or choking. I have had a few people ask me if I am okay after am done laughing. Sometimes it can be really embarrassing when people aren’t sure whether I am okay or not but I have learned to embrace it. Having a unique laughter and not being afraid to show it unites people together.
I have had the most amazing opportunity to take a class with such amazing colleagues at, Western Washington University, Interpersonal Communication 327, Fall of 2013! When anyone had a funny thing to say in the class we would just go with it and laugh for a solid 2-3 minutes. There were times that we forgot why we even started laughing. I remembered when I first did my own laugh, it was right as class ended and someone had something funny to share and I could not hold it in any longer. I just let my laugh loose and my classmates turned their heads to see if I was okay! They then realized I was just busy laughing hysterically and joined in with me. After that it seemed that everyone’s goal was to make me laugh.
It is moments like that, that unite people together. Laughter and humor bring people together and create wonderful relationships. I have been honored to have met amazing friends in my interpersonal class based off my laughter. I would never trade those memories for anything in the world. Just remember to relax and laugh because life is really short. No matter what age you are, I encourage you to watch this video and smile.
Written by: Jessica Ramirez, Student Leader. Communication Studies Major.
Photo Credit: Meghan Sternal and Chris Gil