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Why is it so very important to laugh
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
― Audrey Hepburn
Why should we laugh? Times are challenging and there is nothing to laugh about.
Laughing Is Medicine
Great sense of humor and frequent laughing have decidedly huge health benefits for us all.
Science has found that laughing releases endorphins in our brains which leads to a significant stress relief and overall feeling of well-being while enhancing our “I can do it attitude”.
So laugh out loud as often as you can despite our trying times!
Laughing strengthens our immune system, decreases our blood pressure and makes our heart strong.
Already laughed today 🙂
Here are a few scientifically proven ways a good laugh can help us combat stress and increase our physical and mental health.
Physical health benefits
- Relaxes our muscles: When we get stressed,your body tenses up and can cause us to feel stuck. A good laugh can relieve physical tensions in the body.
- Lowers blood pressure: Laughter releases endorphins that counteract the negative effects of stress hormones—lowering our blood pressure as a result.
- Stimulates our organs: When we laugh, we usually take in more oxygen-rich air. This stimulates our lungs, heart and muscles.
- Improves cardiac health: Laughing increases our heart rate and the amount of oxygen in our blood which can decrease the risk of heart attacks.
- Boosts immune system: When we are stressed, negative thoughts can turn into chemical reactions that decrease our immunity to sickness. When we laugh, we adopt a positive mindset that can release infection-fighting antibodies that help fight stress.
Mental health benefits
- Provides distraction: Laughter provides our brain with a break from the worrying thoughts that cause stress.
- Improves your mood: Laughing produces a general sense of well-being and can diffuse the anger and depression we were feeling.
- Reduces stress hormones: Laughter can decrease cortisol levels by increasing our intake of oxygen and stimulating circulation throughout the body.
- Increases endorphins: which means fighting off stress and promoting a positive mood and a sense of well-being.
- Strengthens relationships: A shared laugh with friends and family improves our connections to each other.