Laughter is like a gentle medicine for the body and mind. Laughter is a nice antidote for stress and other pains. Nothing works faster or more reliably to restore balance between your mind and body than a good laugh. Humor eases your burdens, inspires hope, connects you with others, and keeps you down to earth. It also helps out by helping us release anger and forgive.
With so much healing and renewal power, the ability to laugh easily and often is a great resource for overcoming problems, improving relationships and supporting physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless drug is fun, free and easy to use.
Some of laughter’s weird facts you probably didn’t know
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, friendly laugh relieves tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed until 45 minutes later.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases the immune cells and antibodies that fight infections, thereby improving their resistance to the disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, natural chemicals that feel good in the body. Endorphins promote a general feeling of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of the blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter helps burns calories. Of course you’re not going to stop going to the gym but there is a study that found that if you laufh 10-15 minutes a day can burn around 40 calories, that equals out to about three or four pounds in a year. Ok, that doesn’t sound as much but hey, I’ll take a pound off my waist for just laughing any day.
Laughter relieves the heavy burden of anger. Nothing spreads anger and conflict faster than shared laughter. Looking at the fun side can put issues in perspective and allow you to go through confrontations without holding you back to bitterness or resentment.
Laughter can even help you live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a great sense of humor survived those who did not laugh as much. The difference was especially noticeable for those fighting cancer.
Check this out:
A man walks into a bar…
Sits down on a stool.
Bartender goes, “What’ll it be, buddy?”
“Seven whiskey shots and make ’em doubles,” says the man.
So the bartender does this and watches as the man slugs ’em down, one by one, till they’re all gone.
Staring in disbelief, the bartender asks: “What’s the rush?”
“You’d be in a hurry to get drunk too… if you had what I had,” he replies.
“Oh yeah? What’s that?” questions the bartender.
“I have a dollar.”
laughter lowers stress and keeps you from getting sick. Also releases “feel-good” chemicals!
Have you ever considered how no one really teaches you to laugh? How it’s a natural response that we are pretty much born with?
Laughter is an innate physical action that we acquire from very young. It is innate since there is no one to teach you how to laugh or to tell you what to do and how to produce the sounds we make while laughing.
You can see it in babies as they begin to experiment with the smile and later with the laughter, they realize that when making the reflection of a smile and their laughter, they establish a relationship with you and their surroundings. They communicate and get a response.
And why all this? Because laughter is an action that everyone and without distinction knows how to do. The difficulty is that as adults we are diminishing this ability or at least we are reducing the situations in which we let it express itself.
There is a lot more going on in an adult’s mind than a child’s, since a child is spontaneous, vital, genuine and does not question the doing or not doing, why or how. The adult thinks and sometimes over-analyses and takes time to process stuff, sometimes too much that we disconnect from feeling.
Psychological benefits of laughter
We release endorphins. When we laugh, we secrete a hormone called endorphin, which is very associated with the feeling of happiness. The greater the intensity of the laughter, the more endorphin segregation our nervous system generates, and with it the more sensation of pleasure and well-being we feel. In addition, laughter also makes us secrete dopamine and serotonin, substances that fight some mood disorders such as depression or anxiety.
Powerful as anti-stress
In addition to the hormones and their beneficial effect on our mood, laughter also has the ability to activate many muscles that, once we have stopped laughing, return to relax. This increases a state of physical and also psychological distension. A good way to combat negative thoughts and emotional ballast.
It makes us more sociable. When we share good times with friends or colleagues and laugh in this social context, we are sharing unique and positive experiences, which improves our socialization. Laughter in common can improve our interpersonal relationships.
Increase self-esteem Laughter allows us to put aside the sense of ridicule and take our lives with good humor and with more relaxation, which can lead to an improvement in our self-esteem.
Encourage our optimism. Laughter gives us a positive mood. When we are in a good mood, it is usual that we generate more positive thoughts. laughter can serve to relativize the difficulties and start creating a good mental state that leads to optimism.
So keep the fun and humor high, it’s a natural way to improve our own mental health. And the best part is that it doesn’t cost you anything to laugh or make someone laugh.
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