Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter have both short-term and long-term benefits from laughter.
A good laugh has great short-term benefits. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:
· Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
· Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
· Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, it also has long term benefits. Laughter may:
· Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. Positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and other serious illnesses.
· Relieve pain. Laughter can ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkiller by breaking the pain-spasm cycle.
· Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
· Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.
Start with a smile on your lips. Then that smile turns into a grin that spreads to your eyes. Finally a good laugh comes from the belly, bursts out from the soul, overflows, and circles all around us.
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
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