You’ve heard it before. Now science can tell you why laughter really is the best medicine. And just in time for April Fool’s Day.
Apart from making us happy, laughter lets in oxygen which feeds your blood cells and the brain, and it also releases feel good chemicals that can help in managing pain and long term illness.
When we laugh or breathe deeply nitric oxide is released and in turn triggers endorphins and other mood-enhancing chemicals and hormones. The huge therapeutic value of laughter can turn your life and health around. According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:
- Boost the immune system and circulatory system
- Enhance oxygen intake
- Stimulate the heart and lungs
- Relax muscles throughout the body
- Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
- Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
- Relieve pain
- Balance blood pressure
- Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)
Laughter may also help to:
- Improve overall attitude
- Reduce stress/tension
- Promote relaxation
- Improve sleep
- Enhance quality of life
- Strengthen social bonds and relationships
- Produce a general sense of well-being
Been feeling a bit too serious lately? A sense of playfulness and a ready laugh will not only make you and those around you happy – but is the key to self-healing. It may even help you live longer. And while you’re at it, take a breath. Taking time to stop and breathe deeply brings the added benefits of stress reduction and relaxation helping to release built up tension and patterns of holding in the muscles and body. And its free!
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