Why laughter is the best medicine

Smile attracts friends, improves health and extend life. When we laugh, every organ in the body is affected positively.

It increases breathing, which exercises the diaphragm, neck, stomach, face, and shoulders.

Laughter increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. Which helps to heal and improve circulation.

It also expands the blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. This is why people go red in the face when they laugh.

It can also lower the heart rate, dilate the arteries, stimulate the appetite and burns up calories.

Dr Henri Rubinstein found that one minute of uninterrupted laughter provides up to 45 minutes of relaxation.

Professor William Fry at Stanford University reported that 100 laughs would give your body a ten-minute session on a routing machine.

Laughing will make your immune system healthy. The reason is negative emotions influence the body chemicals decreasing the immunity. Laughter has the power to release neuropeptides which fight stress and illness.

The older we become, the more serious we become about life. An adult laughs at an average of 15 times a day. A preschooler laughs an average of 400 times.

Laughing reduces stress

By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re reducing the anxiety and stress that impacts your body.

Laughter stimulates the body’s natural painkillers and “feel good chemicals,” known as endorphin.

Endorphins help relieve stress and heal the body. They have a similar chemical composition to morphine and heroin.

They have a calming effect on the body while building the immune system.

It explains why happy people rarely get sick and rarely feel miserable but complaining people get ill more often.

People who have trouble with laughing when they are facing difficulties in life often turn to drugs and alcohol to achieve the same feeling that endorphin induced laughter produces.

Alcohol loosens inhibitions and lets people laugh more.

This is why most people laugh more when they drink alcohol, while unhappy people become more depressed or even violent.

Studies have shown that exposing yourself to laugher weekly, will help you enhance happiness and life satisfaction.

The reason is that laughter reduces stress hormone cortisol.

The reduction of stress hormones may help you boost the immune system performance.

Richard Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Wisconsin in Madison, proved that when you laugh intentionally, can move the brain activity to casual happiness.

Ammie Cann, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina discovered that humour has a positive impact in counteracting stress.

Cann led an experiment which people who were showing early signs of depression.

Two groups watched videos over a 3-week period.

The group that watched comedy videos showed more improvement in their symptoms than did another group that watched non-humorous videos.

Humor reduces fear. The reason is that humor changes your perspective toward a situation and you will act differently.

Studies have shown that couples who laugh tend to have a more extended relationship because humour generates positive feelings and strengthens emotional connections.

A smile shows that you are friendly and attractive.

One of the reasons we are attracted to smiling and laughing faces is because they can affect our autonomic nervous system.

We smile when we see someone laughing, and this releases endorphin in our system.

If you surround yourself with miserable, unhappy people, you are also likely to mirror their expressions and become depressed.

Laughter has many benefits for our health. It is the best medicine. It is free, so there is no excuse not to laugh.