The Benefits of Laughter

The Benefits of Laughter

“Laughter Is The Best Medicine”

There was a time when I didn’t laugh, at least not inside. Determined to add Joy back into my life, I sought out to find more love. My first stop was to buy my husband a Hallmark card to share some sentimental feelings. Of course my next stop was Victoria’s Secret,
THE LOVE ingredient, wouldn’t you say?  I thought if I wore something hot and sexy my husband would pay attention to me. While shopping, I came across a sleep shirt, not “sexy” at all but, it spoke to me… the inside of me. This pink soft t-shirt had three words on it, the secret spices that I still repeat anytime I need a boost. They are written in sculptures, plaques and notepads all around my home. The 3 words that helped retrain my inner peace, “Live, Love, Laugh.” I realized at that very moment I wasn’t living, i certainly wasn’t loving myself and I had forgotten how to laugh. All three of these spices I sprinkle in daily. When searching for a partner in crime, I even found myself adding the word fun or funny after every few character traits I was seeking in the partner I was to manifest. — Guess what? I got exactly what I asked for, but we’ll talk about manifesting on another blog. Do you enjoy laughter? Ever wonder about the mechanics to making someone laugh, other than tickling them or sharing a funny joke? I wondered, so, I looked it up for you and here’s what I found: How to Make Someone Laugh – wiki – 12 step method.

 

So what’s up with laughter? And why is it so good for us?

There is a science behind laughter!
 Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine.

2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS

By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance. Just think: Laughing along as a co-worker tells a funny joke can relieve some of the day’s stress and help you reap the health benefits of laughter.

3. WORKS YOUR ABS

One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your ab routine and make getting a toned tummy more enjoyable.

4. IMPROVES CARDIAC HEALTH

Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.

5. BOOSTS T-CELLS

T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.

6. TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS

Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

7. PRODUCES A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING

Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF LAUGHTER?

Laughter is a common response to tickling. In this case, this boy is laughing because he is being tickled. Common causes for laughter are sensations of joy and humor; however, other situations may cause laughter as well. A general theory that explains laughter is called the relief theory.

 

Here’s a few jokes for you!

Q: What did Jay-Z call his girlfriend before they got married? A: Feyoncé!!

Q: It was the end of the school year and Joey’s mother asked: “And were the exam questions difficult?” “They weren’t bad at all,” her son replied. “It was the answers that gave me all the trouble.”

Q *boy whispers to his mom during a wedding* boy: “Mommy?” mom: “What?” boy: “Why is the girl dressed in white?” mom: “Because this is the happiest day of her life.” boy: “… so why is the boy dressed in black?”

Q It is better to be late than to arrive ugly!

 

 

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