It’s no joke, laughter does wonders for your health! Not only does laughing bring us together and burn calories, it also reduces our risk of various health concerns including cardiovascular diseases.

A Good Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Laughing maintains a healthy endothelium and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. When you laugh, the blood flow increases and the blood pressure rises; but when you stop laughing, blood pressure drops back to its baseline. This relaxing effect helps bring down blood pressure. This generates deeper breathing, which in turn sends more oxygenated blood through the body.

Is Laughter Really Contagious?

Yes! Have you ever watched those videos of babies laughing and just couldn’t help yourself? According to Live Science, it’s because of the reaction your brain has to the sound. When you hear laughter, your brain automatically sends signals to muscles in your face that form a smile in response. Studies found that sound stimulates the premotor cortical region of your brain, which then activates your muscles to respond however necessary.

The benefits of laughter

Physical Benefits of Laughter

  • Helps you sleep better.
  • Decreases physical pain.
  • Improves your immune system.
  • Lowers your blood sugar.
  • Decreases blood pressure levels.
  • Burns calories.
  • Increases oxygen in your blood, making it easier to breathe.
  • Mental Benefits of Laughter

  • Lowers stress.
  • Induces a relaxing effect.
  • Improves your mood.
  • Acts as a natural anti-depressant.
  • Increases activity of dopamine and serotonin in your brain.
  • Benefits of Laughter on Relationships

    Some days may be harder than others to laugh. But put on your favorite stand up comedy recording, scroll through some memes, or binge-watch your favorite TV show to make you laugh on those days.

    Learning to laugh at yourself is also extremely important. Sometimes things happen and we have dumb comments, or just outright embarrassing moments. Instead of criticising yourself, laugh it up! It will help you focus more on the positive and less on putting yourself down.

    Boosting your mood

    Look for opportunities to get more laughter in to your day. This could include:

    • Watching a comedy film \ TV show
    • Listening to a funny podcast
    • Spending time with friends or people that make you laugh
    • Doing some Heartmath to lighten your mood
    • Swimming or other light exercise
    • Laughter yoga (yes it’s a thing!)

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