You may not appreciate getting pranked with a whoopee cushion, or having hot sauce put in your food on April Fool’s Day, but a good laugh may actually be just what the doctor ordered.
Laughter is an antidote to stress, pain and conflict. When we laugh we feel our burdens lighten, as well as feeling an increased connection to others and heightened awareness.
“Your sense of humour 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.
This is how:
- Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
- Laughter boosts the immune system. 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.
- Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Far more contagious than any cough, sniffle or sneeze, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for your health. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.