+356 9901 3629


Laugh your way to well-being

What comes to mind when you hear the word laughter? Probably watching a hilarious comedy, telling jokes, making pranks and so forth.

Laughter is very beneficial for your own mental and physical wellbeing. Have you ever noticed how you feel emotionally and physically after a good-hearted laugh? You feel a great sense of well-being, am I right? Nowadays, laughter is considered as a strong medicine that draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter helps strengthen the immune system, boosts your mood, lessens emotional pain and protects you from stress. To bring your mind and body back into balance, nothing works faster than a spirited laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to other people and keeps you focused and alert. It also helps you release anger, as well as take a forgiving stance. Laughing provides a full-scale workout for your muscles and unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. Since our body doesn’t distinguish between real and fake laughter, anything that makes you giggle will have a positive impact on your body. 

I remember when I was a child, my siblings, some cousins of mine and I used to play a game in which whoever laughs first gets booted out from the game. We would form a circle facing each other and take turns at making funny faces, pranking one another or taking the mickey, while other participants did their best to suppress their laughter. The one that managed to suppress his or her laughter until the very end won. At that time, little did we know that we were unknowingly practicing ‘laughter therapy’.

These days, there are organisations and therapists that use laughter therapy as one of their interventions. This type of therapy, executed both within a group or individually, benefits clients by utilising humour which in turn helps individuals relieve pain and stress, and improve an individual’s sense of well-being. It may even be used to help individuals cope with a serious disease, such as cancer. Laughter therapy may include laughter exercises, clowns, comedy movies, books, games, and puzzles. It is also a type of complementary therapy, different from most traditional therapies.

When we were children we used to laugh countless times a day, but when we become adults, life tends to be more serious and laughter becomes more infrequent, unfortunately. But by pro-actively seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness and even add years to your life.

Tips on how to develop your laughter:

  • Laugh at yourself. Sometimes by sharing your embarrassing moments, it is the best way to take yourself less seriously. The more you speak about them, the less likely you are to take them too seriously.
  • Attempt to laugh at situations rather than complain about them, by looking at a bad situation, and uncovering the irony or absurdity of that situation. Turning something negative into something positive, by taking a humorous anecdote, will help you feel much better.
  • Surround yourself with reminders that lighten up your mood. Keep a toy or object in your workspace or in your car, or choose a screensaver that makes you laugh. Frame photos of yourself and family members having fun.
  • Remember funny things that happen. If something amuses you or makes you laugh, write it down or share it with your friends every now and then, so that you will remember it.
  • Find your inner child. Pay attention to children around you in order to imitate them. After all, they are the experts on playing, taking life lightly and laughing at frivolous, ordinary things.
  • Don’t go a day without laughing. Think of it as exercise and make a conscious effort to find something each day that makes you laugh. Set aside 5 to 10 minutes and do something that amuses you. The more you get used to laughing each day, the less effort you’ll have to make.

My proposition to you is this: If it feels so good to laugh, why not laugh to improve your mood, health and relationships?

Maria Mifsud

About Maria Mifsud

Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2008, then went on to read for a Masters in Probation Services at the University of Malta. After years of being part of the Government workforce, she realised that to better understand her clients and be more equipped, she had to further her studies by enrolling in a Masters in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy with IFT-Malta. Some years later, she continued to pursue her studies in Clinical Supervision with IFT-Malta. Maria is also a qualified Victim Offender Mediator.

TherapyPacks Terms and Conditions

1. TherapyPacks come in bundles of 5 or 10 sessions. Prices of bundles:

  • 5 sessions – €270 – must be utilised within 3 months from date of purchase
  • 10 sessions – €520 – must be utilised within 6 months from date of purchase

2. Bundles are not transferable. This means they cannot be used by, or gifted to, anyone else but the person whose name is listed as the TherapyPacks bundle holder.

3. Bundles which are purchased for Couples Therapy and Family Therapy can only be used by members of the couple or family with one therapist. If members of a couple or family decide to take up individual therapy with another therapist, the bundle will only apply to sessions with the therapist originally referred and cannot be also used for the individual sessions with another therapist. Exceptions will be made if the original therapist is unable to see the client or family and the couple or family are referred to another therapist. After referral, the same conditions will apply.

4. Bundles are valid for a limited time period, as listed above. This means that the bundles will expire once the respective time period has elapsed. Any sessions not utilised within this period will be lost. This means that a refund will not be given for unused sessions. Start date commences on date of purchase of bundles.

5. Bundles are only valid for full price sessions (charged at €60) and not for sessions with trainee psychotherapists, reports or assessments.

6. Full payment needs to be made on purchase, via bank transfer, cash or credit card.

7. Management reserves the right to terminate or suspend the use of the bundles. Reasons for such are at the discretion of the clinic.

8. Refunds or extensions of time period within which bundles may be used is at the discretion of management and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

9. Management reserves the right to modify or replace the terms and conditions. In such circumstances, clients will be given adequate notice and time to adhere to such.

10. The clinic’s cancellation policy is applicable also to bundles. Late cancellations or no shows will result in the forfeit of a session within the bundle allocation.

11. Responsibility for ensuring timely use of session bundles remains that of the TherapyPacks bundle holder or, in the case of a minor, their carer/legal guardian.