Laughing, without a doubt, is infectious. When we see others laugh, it makes us laugh automatically. Given the sedentary lifestyle that most of us lead, a healthy dose of laughter can do our body and spirits a world of good. There are many health benefits associated with laughter, and in this article, we list some of them:
Laughter can work as a great stress buster. When you laugh, your facial muscles send signals to the brain, which triggers the release of endorphin, a hormone which makes you feel good and reduces stress levels.
The more you laugh, the more it stimulates the brain to release this hormone which makes you feel calm and composed. Happy thoughts flow in, and all these bring down stress levels to a great extent.
Often you must have felt a sense of relief after a heavy dose of laughter. This is because the process involves deep exhalations that lower heart rate and blood pressure, resulting you entering a calmer state of mind.
Just like deep breathing, laughing has a cleansing effect which improves respiration and is quite useful for patients suffering from respiratory problems.
A good dose of laughter can help you burn extra calories and get rid of fat in your body. Note that when you laugh pretty hard, the stomach muscles expand and contract. This is similar to an ab workout.
This is why you will find many obese people and others while walking in parks or garden laughing in groups. Also, rising and falling chest during laughter helps circulate blood in every part of the body.
This is another benefit of laughter. When you laugh with gusto, muscles move and expand blood vessels. This sends blood to all parts of the body. Also, as the rate of breathing increases, the same increases oxygen levels in the blood.
All these go a long way in physical pains that your body might have, resulting in a positive frame of mind. So, if your body is experiencing pain after a hard day’s work, get yourself a burst hearty laughter for relief.
If you are suffering from diabetes, then laughter can help you battle the disease. Note that the activity affects the body’s neuroendocrine system, which monitors the glucose level of the body. The level increases due to emotions like fear, stress and anxiety.
On the other hand, laughing can positively affect the neuroendocrine system, which in turn maintains the optimum level of glucose in the body. This helps keep diabetes under control.
Laughing boosts the number of antibody-producing cells and also enhances the effectiveness of T-cells. All of these improves and strengthens the body’s immune system and helps fight common cold and allergies.
Laughing brings down negative thoughts which have a poor effect on the human immune system. With laughing the immune system goes into a stress-free zone, and the body is in better shape and frame of mind to combat diseases.
Stress, anxiety and nervous breakdown have become quite common in today’s fast-paced and
hyper-competitive world. Laughing can be a good anti-depressant, producing a sense of general well-being.
It boosts the production of serotonin, which acts as a natural anti-depressant. Thus, laughing produces a sense of general well-being and keeps you optimistic.
As evident, laughing has multiple health benefits resulting in overall well-being. On this World Laughter Day, let’s pledge never to lose out on a moment to laugh and live life to the fullest. Stay happy, be healthy!