10 Reasons Why Humour and Laughter is Healthy for You
is still not yet scientifically proven how humour and laughter really helps us,
you have to admit that when you do laugh you feel so much better. We all know that laughing can lift your mood,
but do you know that it can also have a lot of other health benefits, not only
for ourselves, but for the people around us as well.
There are 3
main categories in which laughter can benefit and these are the Physical Health
Benefits, the Mental Health Benefits and the Social Benefits.
Physical Health Benefits of Laughter
Boosts Your Immune System – Laughter can rank right up there
with the well-known Super Foods and Multivitamins when it comes to your immune
system. Laughter can decrease stress
hormones and increase immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, therefore
improving your resistance to disease.
Decreases Pain – Laughter can be used as a pain
killer and the best part of it, is that it is free! Laughter triggers the release of endorphins
which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
Gives you a Mini Workout – Researchers say that laughing 100
times is the equivalent of 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on
the exercise bike. You have also
probably heard of the expression “my stomach aches from too much
laughing”. Well in fact this can be true
because when you laugh you exercise your diaphragm and your abdominals contract
giving them a good workout.
Prevents Heart Disease – Laughter can improve the function
of blood vessels and increases blood flow which in turn protect you from a
heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. A study from The University of Maryland indicated that laughter seemed
to cause the endothelium (a tissue that composes the lining of blood vessels)
to expand, allowing for better flow of blood. This can help prevent atherosclerosis which is the thickening of the
Improves Your Breathing – When laughing you actually empty
your lungs of more air than it takes which results in a cleansing effect. You can have the same effect by breathing
deeply. This can be significant for
people who suffer from respiratory ailments such as asthma.
Mental Health Benefits of Laughter
Decreases Stress – When
laughing stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine have a tendency to
decrease. Stress hormones not only regulate the immune system, but they also
contribute to much health related issues such as high blood pressure,
depression and the control of diabetes.
Improves Your General Mood – Have
you ever tried to be anxious or feel sad when you are laughing – impossible!
Laughing naturally cheers you up and improves your mood, even if it is for a
short period of time.
Social Benefits of Laughter
Strengthens Relationships – Incorporating more humor and play
into your daily interactions with your loved ones can improve the quality of
your relationships including partners, family members, friends and
co-workers. This is because when you use
humor and laughter you let go of any defensiveness you have and you stop being judgmental,
putting aside any kind of criticism you have towards the other party.
Promotes Group Bondingand Enhances Teamwork – By having a good time and laughing in
groups a positive bond is created between the members of the group. This bond acts as a strong buffer against
stress, disagreements and disappointment which triggers positive feelings and
Attracts Other People To Us – Laughing is contagious so if you are
in a laughing mood, you can bet your money on other people willing to join your
company. People need a getaway from all
of their problems, so even if it is just a short break, if you are a humorous
person and make other people laugh as well, others will be attracted to you.
As you can
see it is to your interest and others, to laugh and be humorous. The world is all too serious as it is so be
the one to stand out and make a positive difference to the rest.