The Benefits of Laughter: Laugh to be Healthy

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Everyone likes a good laugh, whether it’s from a good joke or because a friend made a fool of themselves or from a live comedy show or a sitcom on TV.   When was the last time you took some time out, relaxed and had a good laugh?  And not just any laugh, but a great big,  deep belly laugh!

If you find it hard to relax you’ll be surprised to know that laughter has some real health benefits. Yes, it might sound crazy, but a good joke is really good for your health!

 Here is a summary of the main benefits of laughter:

  •           When you laugh with others it increases joy and intimacy.
  •              It binds people together.
  •              It is infectious. Laughter and amusement has a domino effect. The sound of roaring  laughter is more catching than a sniffle, sneeze or cough. 
  •              Laughter protects you from the harmful effects of stress, boosts your energy, diminishes pain and strengthens your immune system.
  •              It triggers healthy physical changes in the body.  

So the benefits of laughter are it makes you feel good and it also does the following:

  •  Lowers blood pressure –You tend to take deep breaths when you laugh so that your blood becomes oxygen-rich.  When you laugh your blood pressure rises but after that it decreases to below normal levels.
  • Reduces stress and increases heart rate and pulse – When your pulse and heart rate rise you will feel that you have more energy and that can lead to being more attentive and result in better learning.   A sense of relaxation  usually follows a good laugh so that it’s a good form of stress relief.
  •  Strengthens the heart  –Heart specialists have discovered that stress is especially harmful to the heart and is a leading cause of cholesterol and fat building up in the coronary arteries.  Regular laughter reduces that stress and helps your body to reduce fat buildup and also reduces the risk of having a heart attack.
  •  Lowers the level of blood sugar   – Laughter reduces stress and lower stress levels usually leads to a decrease in the level of blood sugar.
  •  One of the benefits of laughter is exercise  When you have a good belly laugh you inhale air deeply and expel carbon dioxide and this gives your muscles a workout from the shoulders down to the hips. What’s more these are important muscles – your core muscles and your internal organs.
  •  A Good Laugh Improves Your Mental Health   Everyday you’re faced with challenges and you’re the one who decides how to deal with them. You can choose act positively or a negatively. When you’re faced with a difficult situation a good laugh can help to lift your mood as well as the mood of others around you.  After a good laugh you may be able to view the challenge in a positive light. This helps to reduce stress and do things quicker.
  • When you laugh, endorphins are released into your blood system. Endorphins make you feel happy and act as a natural pain killer. What’s more endorphins are all natural – so they have no side effects! That’s why you enjoy a “natural high” after a good laugh.
  •  Laughter is a good  way to connect with your family, especially during difficult times. When you laugh you usually make direct eye contact, talk more and get into closer contact.

 Here are some tips for developing laughter

  • Laugh at situations. Laugh at situations instead of complaining about them. In a bad situation look for the irony, humor and absurdity of it. This will help you and the people around you to feel happier.
  •  Laugh at yourself.  The best way to take ourselves less seriously is to talk about embarrassing moments so learn to share them with others.
  •   Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up.  For example select a screensaver for your a computer that makes you laugh. Put photos on your desk of you having fun with friends or family.  Put up a funny poster in your office.
  •  Keep things in perspective.  Many things in life are out of our control—especially the behavior of other people. When you find yourself taken over by what seems to be a horrible problem, ask yourself these questions:

 * Is the situation really that important?

* Is it really as bad as it seems?

* Is the situation repairable?

* Is the problem really yours?

If you get things in perspective it will lower your stress and stress is a major impediment to humor and laughter.

  • Emulate children.  Children are experts at playing, laughing and having fun.  Observe them and emulate this part of their characters.
  •  Laughter yoga Classes  This is a combination of Laughter Exercises and special breathing so that you increase the amount of oxygen in your body, which results in you feeling more healthy and energized. This actually changes the physiology of your body so that you start to feel happier.  To do it you don’t even need a sense of humor or funny jokes – just a willingness to laugh for no reason.

Summary of the benefits of laughter

benefits of laughter Laughter is no substitute for taking exercise, eating well and getting routine checkups.  However, laughter has many physical benefits to your overall health and fitness. 

As you integrate humor, play and laughter into your life, your creativity will grow and take you to a higher place where your perspective will become more joyful, positive, relaxed, creative and balanced. And the best thing of all is that this wonderful medicine is free!

What did you think of this post?  Can you think of any other benefits of laughing that you would like to share?  

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10 thoughts on “The Benefits of Laughter: Laugh to be Healthy”

  1. Well, this is my 1st visit to your blog and I love this article about laughter! I bet you’ve got a great sense of humor – it makes me laugh just looking at your cartoon! 🙂

  2. I loved this article, The Benefits of Laughter! With so much bad news around it’s easy to get desponent but your post really cheered me up, Thanks. Oh, and I like your cartoon, too! 🙂

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  5. It cheered me up too, Brian. Great post. There’s so much bad news at the moment that its easy to get down a bit. This helped to cheer me up so thanks, Roy.

    1. Glad you liked the post, Guys. It’s good to have a laugh! “A merry heart does good like a medicine! ~ Book of Proverbs

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