Have you ever heard the phrase: laughter is the best medicine? Do you think about what it means? Neither did I, until I started learning about the power of positive thinking. With that I found out that there is tons of reasons why we should do our best to laugh as much as possible; it is not just fun, it helps us live longer, happier and healthier lives! It also makes us look a lot younger and more attractive too, so if you want to catch that special someone, you’d better wear a smile!
Laughing improves our lives in so many different ways. It helps fight depression, improves our physical health and makes us more popular and social. Why? Well, laughing of course elevates our moods and it raises the levels of serotonin in our system. Serotonin is the “happy-hormone”, it has a strong effect on our mood, emotions, memory, cravings (especially for carbohydrates), self esteem, pain tolerance, sleep habits, appetite, digestion and body temperature regulation. That is just a sample of all the good it does. According to research from University of Maryland School of Medicine it also prevents strokes and heart attacks. They are not quite sure why, but they know it works.
Laughing is contagious; just try not to laugh when you watch this: A really good belly laugh must be the best workout ever!
Laugh like a baby
A child laughs or smiles on average about 400 times per day, while an adult only laughs or smiles about 15 times per day. Imagine how fit you would be if you could laugh like a child! The odd thing is, that the brain doesn’t know if you are laughing for real or if you are faking it, you get the same effect anyway. If you start fake-laughing you will probably begin to laugh for real after just a few moments, because laughing just makes you feel good.
Having a good laugh reduces your stress levels and it also helps you avoide getting all those irritating colds and other infections. Laughing improves communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. Your blood pressure is normalized and the levels of stress hormones go down.
People who have a sence of humour live longer and suffer less from depression than those who don’t. A scence of humour can be compared to the shock-absorbers on a car; if you can laugh at the bumps in the road through life, you will have a nicer ride. You will probably also be smarter, as learning and solving problems is a lot easier when you are having fun.
Now aren’t all these positive effects worth watching some sit-coms or reading a comic? Or maybe you like comical books? Whatever you prefer, make sure to laugh at least 15 minutes per day and you will see a big difference.
Actually, all this is not news to us; it is even mentioned in the Old Testament advising laughter is as good as medicine.
There is one disclaimer though; mean laughter and jeering have the opposite effect; when someone does that, there is tension in the body system and it is not healthy for themswelves or the person being ridiculed.
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