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.
Great advice. Some days it takes effor to find a laugh though. I agree it is good medicine.
Thanks, I know where you’re coming from. When I’m really in a down mood, the one thing that always helps to cheer me up is pulling out my favorite DVD movie of Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. This always makes me laugh so hard. This movie is a must see.
This is so true. I always try to have fun and laugh but sometimes it is a struggle.
This is so true. I just try to turn to something that I know does the trick for me to cheer me up. Like I said, watching the movie, OVERBOARD cracks me up every time. Honestly, if you never saw this old, you need to see it.
I have seen it a few times but it has been awhile. You are right… funny! 🙂
Believe it or not, I know it so well that I memorized some of the scenes. They are going to a do a remake of this movie. How can you top perfection?
Totally agree. Nothing like a good comedy to cheer you up after a bad day . Totally love overboard too. Can’t wait to see the new one .
Remakes thought never seem to do the original justice. How do you improve perfection? I can’t wait to see who plays in it and the changes they’ll make. I just wonder why can’t they come up with a fresh, original comedy instead.
With 4 kiddos, we laugh a lot in our house !
I agree, need some positivity in this sad world we live in
I’m very lucky. My husband makes me laugh and smile every single day.