Laughing is Good for Your Health!
Laughing is Good for your Health!
Knock-Knock! Did you know laughter can improve quality of life as well as social relationships? Research has shown that there are a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing. When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological and psychological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.
Today, August 16th, is National Tell a Joke Day; so here’s a list of all the reasons you should laugh more today and every day!
Laughing can reduce stress and aid relaxation By decreasing stress-making hormones found in the blood, laughter can alleviate the effects of stress. Laughter decreases serum levels of cortisol, epinephrine, growth hormone, and a major dopamine catabolite, resulting in a reversal of the stress response.
It can help with depression and negative moods Depression is a disease, where neurotransmitters in the brain, such as norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, are reduced, and there is something wrong in the mood control circuit of the brain. Laughter can alter dopamine and serotonin activity. Mentally, laughter therapy helps reduce unpleasant feelings and improve health conditions such as:
- memory failure
- Exercises and relaxes muscles
- Improves respiration
- Decreases stress hormones
- Increases the immune system defenses
- Enhances mental functioning
- Reduces stress, anxiety and tension and counteracts symptoms of depression
- Elevates mood, energy and self-esteem
- Improves interpersonal interaction
- Increases friendliness and helpfulness
Fake laughing can even make you feel better! Ever think of tricking your body into thinking you are happy even when you know you do not feel your best? Well, a positive mood can be achieved through a forced laugh! A bad mood, personality or thought can also be changed into a positive direction. Practice a forced laugh; your body will react to it and become more pleased and healthy.
Smiling and laughing are appealing Smiling makes you appear more approachable. Interaction with others is much easier and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are shared. Laughing also makes you a more appealing person to be around and is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away.
A happy, positive expression can go a long way!
Laughing is contagious Behaviors like smiling and laughing are contagious and have potential to make others smile and laugh with you!
Check out how one woman’s laugh made an entire subway full of people laugh with her! Click here: Contagious Laughing on a Subway