It’s No Joke – Laughing is Good for You!
What news could be better? Beyond the obvious benefit of having fun or being happy, the act of laughing is seriously good for our bodies. According to WebMD, “we change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.” Much like yoga and cardio workouts, laughter gives us an immediate boost feel from increased blood flow. Laughing burns calories, too, but you’d have to laugh for 12 hours straight to lose a pound of body weight, so don’t quit your workout. Or you could consider a Will Farrell movie marathon and see if you lose any weight.
It turns out that laughter is infectious, as well. A Helpguide.org article states what we instinctively know, “when laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy.” If we look back on the best times in our life or at our best relationships, laughter often plays a large part in those memories. Laughter is an important tool for getting though difficult situations, solving problems and relieving tension. Many of us are so busy, that we forget to laugh!
While neuroscientists are just beginning to study the scientific relationship between laughter and health, there have been many studies on the subject that show laughter reduces stress, lowers blood sugar, boosts our immune systems and improves sleep. Why not prescribe yourself a little laughter and see if you get results. At least you’ll have fun trying!
Sources: WebMD and helpguide.org