The Importance of Laughter

blogfreek | July 28, 2017 | 0 | Lifestyle

An old Yiddish proverb says, “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” Laughter positively affects all aspects of being. Studies show that it is a legitimate and powerful form preventive (lifestyle) medicine, and a complementary option to other established therapeutic strategies for physiological, mental, and emotional health. It helps release endorphins in the body which act as a natural painkiller; laughter also improves our immune systems. It can be more effective than medicine.

Without getting too technical, I can relay that laughter reduces the level of stress hormones, such as cortisol. It encourages health enhancing hormones like endorphins and increases the number of antibody producing cells which in turn results in a stronger immune system.

  1. Physiological benefits: laughter is a therapeutic ally in healing and a valuable form of preventive and complementary medicine. It provides important natural defenses against illness.
  2. Mental benefits: laughter diffuses bad stress, enhances problem-solving skills, and creates a new perspective.
  3. Emotional benefits: laughter elevates moods, counteracts depression symptoms.
  4. Social benefits: laughter fosters better communication, and improves cooperation and empathy between people. It is a significant lubricant of human communication and relationships.
  5. Spiritual wellbeing: choosing to laugh and be positive teaches us to choose to live and be at peace with others, with our self and with our environment in our current situation. It helps us build resilience to stress and find meaning in life. The essence of what Laughter Wellness teaches is summarized in the following question: “What can I do now with a positive attitude?

A day without laughter is a day wasted –Charlie Chaplin

Laughter provides a physical and emotional release. It gives you an internal workout. A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even gives your heart and shoulders a workout. A chuckle can deflect negative emotions such as anger, guilt or stress. Humour gives us a more light-hearted perspective so we might see something as a challenge rather than a threat.

More important than all of the above, laughter connects us with others.

  • Laughter is a social tool which brings us closer together and extends our existence.
  • If you want to get through life and be happy and experience the minimum of stress, then it’s vital.
  • To be able to laugh in the face of the horrible stuff that goes on in our lives is something that keeps us sane and relatively happy. Laughter isn’t the best medicine—actual medicine has a better track record—but being able to laugh at stuff certainly gives us a better chance of a long life.
  • Laughter is an antidote to fear, the moment we realize something strange or dangerous is actually harmless.

Don’t take life too seriously. We all have obstacles in life and we all make mistakes. There is no reason to beat yourself up over it. In fact, if you can laugh light-heartedly at your own foibles, you’ll find that you give yourself that extra happiness and confidence boost that can get you over any hurdle. This also extends to other people. Try not to be too hard on others — a smile and a chuckle goes a lot further than criticism.

• Find the humor in a bad situation. Sure, there are some situations that are genuinely sad and certainly not laughing matters. However, most situations in life have an ironic or ludicrous side to them. The next time you feel the stress levels rising, take a minute to think about the irony of the situation and allow yourself to laugh over the things you cannot control. This will decrease the amount of cortisol that your body produces due to stress, lowering your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and heart rate.

• Remind yourself of funny moments from the past. Perhaps a friend told you a great joke the other day, your children or pets did something amusing, or maybe you watched a funny movie recently that had you in stitches. Call on these memories frequently, especially when you are feeling sad, angry or stressed. Sometimes just reliving a funny moment can cause the endorphins to kick in, which act as natural painkillers and mood boosters.

• Surround yourself with fun people who like to laugh a lot. As the saying goes, mirthful laughter is contagious, so make a point to seek out positive people who aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves and who have a knack for finding humor in life’s situations. Young children are especially adept at finding laughter and joy in everyday moments.

• Get a pet. Animals are great for boosting happiness and encouraging laughter because they love to play and have fun, and they often do things that are amusing without even realizing it. In addition, studies show that people with pets have lower levels of depression and stress and are less likely to suffer from heart disease.

If you can find a reason to laugh every day, you’ll find that your mood will improve, your relationships with others will seem more meaningful and effortless, and life’s hurdles won’t seem so daunting. Moreover, your body, mind and soul will reap the health benefits of this natural and free medicine.

Health Benefits of Laughter

# Laughter relaxes the whole body.

You can relieve stress and relax your body and muscles for up to an hour.

# Laughter boosts the immune system.

Believe it or not, laughter can increase your immunity which helps you fight off disease.

# Laughter signals the release of endorphins.

the natural chemical that helps us feel good. Endorphins can also relieve minor pain temporarily.

# Laughter improves blood circulation.

Good hearty laughs on a regular basis help improve the blood flow through your body and strengthen your heart function.

Laughter improves Your Mental Health

#Laughter relieves sad or distressing emotions.

It moves your focus and attention from negative thoughts and emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re in the midst of a deep belly laugh. It also helps replacing negative thoughts.

# Laughter relaxes your mind and recharges your energy.

A good laugh can reduce your stress, increase your energy, and help you stay focused.

# Laughter improves your problem solving skills.

It can help you see another perspective of an issue, thus allowing you to strategize different ways to solve the problem.

So now how can we laugh more?

It’s easy task, we have to look specifically for something that make us laugh. As I mentioned before we need to stimulate our laughter.


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