We all love to laugh, but did you know there are some surprising benefits to laughter? Backed by medical statistics, you can laugh yourself healthy!
Here are a few of the benefits:
- Laughter lowers your blood pressure by dilating blood vessels allowing better circulation.
- Reduces stress which in turn lowers dangerous hormones that impact the disease parts of our body.
- If you can’t exercise laughter is a great cardio exercise. Your heart pumps more, burning the same amount of calories as if you were walking at a slower pace.
- A good joke improves our cognitive function improving electrical impulses through the entire cerebral cortex. These brain waves are the ones responsible for memory and detail recall.
- Laughing together with family and friends aids in building relationships or a memory together which increases the feel good hormones within the entire body.
- Boost your immune system by increasing your T-Cells. These are the first defenders for fighting off colds and illness.
- Relieve pain with a good giggle. When you laugh the body releases endorphins that help ease chronic pain.
- Positive outlook. It’s hard to be negative when you’re in the midst of a good guffaw and doctors say positive people are healthier people.
- Ab workouts are easier when you laugh together with others. Your muscles expand and contract when you engage in a belly laugh making a toned tummy fun!
- Boosts your confidence. Bob Newhart says, “Laughter gives us distance from ourselves, allowing us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”
- Rewards emotional health. Humor triggers dopamine within the brain which allows us to experience pleasure and lifting our moods.
- Makes us beautiful! A smile brings a lift to others, and improves our facial attractiveness. Everyone wants to be around an upbeat person, so smile.
- Flush your lungs. Laughing has the ability to rid the lungs of residual air and take in oxygen-rich air. You breath deeper, and relaxes muscles that may be involved in asthma.
- Avoid insanity. Robert Frost says, “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”
Live Longer! Enjoy more. Did we need another reason to simply embrace a good laugh?
What makes you laugh?
*The author is a health enthusiast, not a doctor. Your health is unique to you, include your physician in all your health choices.