Who doesn’t want to laugh? Some experts feel that daily laughter is just as powerful to our mental and physical well being as some medicines. Therefore, let me explain some reasons why you should make it a point to laugh more every day.
Laughter Affects Our Biology and Physical Responses to Pain
There have been studies that show laughter causes physical changes in the brain that can release enough endorphins to help better manage pain. At the same time, the endorphins travel through the body affecting muscles, organs, nerves and tissues. While robust laughter increases blood pressure, it also is what lowers it from its initial reading once the laughter stops. What else that you gain is improved blood flow through blood vessels that constricted from stress, which can keep your heart healthier and less likely to experience a heart attack.
Laughter also can help with healthier breathing from clearing the lungs and replacing stale air with fresh oxygen.
Endorphins are not the only wonderful consequences of laughter and the overall happiness it also brings. Laughter also increases immune cells to produce antibodies that defend against infections.
Laughter is good for also spurring the release of certain hormones called catecholamines. These hormones raise alertness, which is always good.
Yet, there are more amazing physical benefits of daily laughter such as weight loss. A hearty round at least fifteen minutes of daily laughter can help you burn about 40 calories. Though this doesn’t sound like much, this reduction in calories can add up to mean losing a few pounds over time or sneaking in an extra snack.
Daily Laughter for a Brighter Mental Outlook and Refreshing Your Spirit
There is no doubt that laughter can change gloomy states of depression, banish stress, pressure and improve social interactions. Laughter not only reduces tension, but is contagious and can bring people together to better communicate whereas fear or loneliness may have been a deterrent.
Laughter is the Only Free Medicine That Can’t Be Overdosed
As I outlined here, daily laughter is essential for a healthier body and mind. Regardless of how busy your life may be, remembering to take time to laugh at something, especially sharing it with others can be the key to living a longer, happier life.