Why You Gotta Remember To Laugh
Written by: Brandi Monasco
“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” ~ Charlie Chaplin
Have you ever heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine?” Maybe you have felt down and your friend tells you a hilarious joke and you then find yourself laughing uncontrollably. Or maybe you have felt relaxed and renewed after watching a funny movie.
Well, whoever it was that said that laughter is the best medicine, was absolutely correct! Laughter is good for your health!
- Laughter Reduces Your Stress Levels. Laughing causes a contraction of different muscles at the same time. When these muscles contract, you end up with increased oxygen throughout your body as well as increased blood flow. This allows your heart and lungs to get more oxygen and more blood. This in turn helps release endorphins, which are “feel-good chemicals” in your brain. You end up feeling more relaxed both mentally and physically. A good laugh leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.
- Laughter Lowers Your Blood Pressure. When you laugh, your muscles are relaxed and when they’re relaxed, your body has better blood flow and oxygen. Having better blood flow throughout your body allows your blood pressure to drop, which decreases your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Laughter Enhances Your Immune System. Stress causes a negative effect on your immune system. When you laugh, your stress levels decrease, which allows your infection-fighting antibodies and white blood cells to increase. When this happens, your immune system is improved and your body is able to fight off diseases better.
- Laughter Relieves Pain. Those endorphins that were mentioned earlier, they also help with pain. Endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers. They are released from your pituitary gland that is located in your brain when you exercise or are doing something that you enjoy. When you laugh at something humorous, endorphins are released, causing a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. Research has found that you are able to tolerate pain a lot more after laughing.
- Laughter Gives You A Sense Of Well-Being. When you laugh and have a positive outlook on life, you increase your overall well-being. You become a happier person and your body tends to be able to fight off diseases easier.
Bring More Laughter Into Your Life:
- Spend time with people who you have fun with.
- Make it a priority to watch a funny movie, read a funny book, or listen to your favorite comedian.
- Be more spontaneous.
- When you hear someone laughing, move to it, it might make you laugh too!
- Bring humor into your conversations.
What are your favorite laughter triggers? Share with us below, I’m sure we could all use a good laugh!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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