Laughter is the best medicine.
We have all heard the above statement. It is one of the most used quotes in society, but did you know that this is in fact true. Studies have shown how laughter can affect you mentally as well as physically.
Laughter reduces stress. How?
Short term effects of laughter:
Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. Endorphines are chemicals that when released will give you an all over feel good feeling, thereby reducing your stress levels.
Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
When you are tense and we all get tense with the day to day activities in life, relaxing tense muscles is a big benefit in feeling better after a long exhausting day.
Long term effects of laughter:
Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
Laughter may also break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations.
It also helps you connect with other people. It's like an ice breaker to soothe tensions when you are nervous around people you don't know or having to speak publicly.
It has also been found that laughter can improve your immune system.
Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
How to improve your all over mood? you guessed it.
Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.
The point? Laugh a little enjoy live and cut down on your medical bills.
Please take a moment to watch this short video: It is sure to tickle your funny bone