October 27, 2017
Laughter is Strong Medicine
Laughter can be a strong antidote to conflict, pain, and stress. The use of humor can lighten your burdens, connect you to others, inspire your hope, and keep you focused, alert, and grounded.
How Is Laughter Good For Your Health?
Laughter can do many things for your health. These include the following:
Laughter can increase your immune system
Laughter is relaxing
Laughter releases endorphins
Laughter can help the heart
The Overall Benefits Of Laughter
Laughter is known to have many health benefits, including physical, emotional, and social benefits.
Some of these include the following:
Decreases your stress levels
Increases your immunity
Relaxes your muscles
Protects your heart
Adds joy to your life
Enhances your mood
Improves your resilience
Laughter And Mental Health
Laughter is associated with better mental health. Some things laughter can do to improve your mental health include the following:
Laughter allows you to relax
Laughter can lessen stress
Laughter shifts your perspective
Laughter Has Social Benefits
When you use humor and engage in playful communication with others, your relationships become stronger and you trigger positive emotions and an emotional connection with those you are laughing with.
How To Create More Opportunities To Laugh
There are things you can do to increase your chances of laughing. Here are some you might try:
Attend a comedy club
Read the comics in the newspaper
Be with people who are funny
Share a funny story or joke with another
Read a funny book
Play with your pet
Play with children
Do something you think is silly
Engage in activities you consider fun
A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Although there are no quick fixes for anything in life, remarkably, a good laugh can instantly begin to reduce nasty stress hormones that are intertwined with anxiety. Laughter gets to work immediately, and a regular “diet” of laughter continues to decrease anxiety over time.
Laugher can do a lot to help you feel better on a physical, emotional, and cognitive level. Don’t be afraid to share a good laugh with others for all around better health.
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