Laughter is a sign of happiness and an expression that makes us feel good as well as bringing others to laughter. We all love to laugh, whether it’s with our families or just by ourselves. It is true that laughter brings benefits to your health, but what exactly are those benefits?
1. Laughter opens up the tissues in our bodies through vibration.
This increases the flow of blood throughout the body, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to cells thus creating an anti-aging effect on the skin. As we get older, our skin gets less elastic so the increase in blood flow helps reduce wrinkles due to laughter. Many beauty products contain ingredients that improve skin tone by increasing blood flow to tissue cells. Reducing wrinkles would then be easier.
2. Laughter increases our heart rate and blood pressure to levels that are healthy for us.
When we laugh, the body produces endorphins which act as natural pain relievers for the body. Endorphins encourage us to laugh more out of happiness which means our body is experiencing less pain than it would if we didn’t feel happy at all.
Laughter also boosts immunity by increasing antibodies in the trachea, acting as the first line of defense against illness-causing germs. It can activate immune cells through cytokine proteins released during laughter too!
3. Laughter relaxes muscles in your face making it easier for you to keep wrinkles away from recurring again.
Laughing causes facial muscles to contract into various shapes, differing from person to person. Time spent laughing, will decrease the time it would take for wrinkles to appear on your face because of reaching those muscles regularly by doing so.
4. Laughter helps treat depression, insomnia, and pain relief.
Laughter can help boost vitamin D levels in our bodies which is important to regulate moods and sleep patterns while also increasing energy levels. It also increases the release of dopamine which is known as a happy hormone that regulates behavior and emotion! There has been researching done on laughter treatments for patients with chronic pain where there was shown to be some improvement afterward.
5. Laughter makes us more creative and productive!
As you have seen from the above-mentioned benefits of laughter, it can help relieve stress and anxiety which in turn also reduces depression. This allows a person to be more focused on their work rather than worrying over unnecessary things going on in their lives. Research has shown that even watching a funny video or movie with friends before an exam can boost your score because you are more relaxed, thus having better memory recall while answering questions!
6. Laughter can help you sleep better.
Laughter before bedtime has been shown to fight insomnia by reducing cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone which increases during insomnia making it harder to fall asleep and wake up feeling less refreshed than usual. Studies have proved that laughter right before bedtime can help reduce cortisol levels, leaving you with peaceful sleep. Watching funny movies or listening to funny stories has shown to be beneficial for insomniacs trying to get some shut-eye!
7. Laughter makes you appear more attractive to other people.
Laughing can be seen as an expression of happiness that increases your attractiveness towards other people. When we laugh, it shows that we are confident and approachable despite any hardships we may have encountered. There is research supporting the idea that laughter makes us look more attractive by showing our teeth which subconsciously triggers others to smile too! So go ahead and share some laughs with your friends because it will improve both your moods!
8. Laughter helps relieve menstrual cramps.
Many women experience severe pain during their monthly period due to uterine contractions, so anything to help reduce these pains would come in handy right? Yup, laughing does just that! Just 10 to 15 minutes of laughter can have the same pain-relieving effect as some over-the-counter pain medication that is usually prescribed for menstrual cramps.
9. Laughter helps you to avoid cavities and other oral hygiene problems!
A 2004 study by a dentist at Loma Linda University suggests that laughing alone could help prevent plaque buildup while also increasing saliva production, both leading to healthier teeth and gums! So while it may hurt a little while you are laughing so hard, it will be worth it in the end when you get to flaunt your pearly whites without anyone asking you what time the dentist would be available.
10. Laughter helps treat chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Laughter helps maintain high levels of antibodies and strengthen your immune system, which is why we often see people laughing more when they are sick vs those who remain stone-faced and stoic. There has been researching done about how laughter can help patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease where it was shown that patients managed to reduce their insulin intake by 30%. So if you have some ailments that require daily medication, try inducing some laughter into your routine because you may find yourself taking less medicine than before!
11. Laughter is contagious!
This may seem like a no-brainer but think back to all the times when someone started laughing and soon enough everyone around them had joined in on the laughter as well! The reason for this is that laughter releases endorphins which trigger your brain to laugh as well. This is why it’s important to surround yourself with positive people who don’t bring you down because otherwise, you’ll soon start feeling negative and bringing others down with you!
12. Laughing makes life more interesting!
Life can be pretty boring sometimes especially when you’ve reached a point where everything seems repetitive and dull, but try introducing some good ol’ laughs into your day to make things a little more interesting! Laughter brings about positivity and the best part about it is that it’s free so there really isn’t any excuse not to have fun from time to time. Life isn’t meant to be taken too seriously so get out there and have some fun!
See, I told you that you’d learn a lot from watching all those funny movies/shows! So next time your friends want to get together for a good laugh, don’t turn them down because this is one experience that everyone should have in life. It may help cure any ailments or problems that you have right now and perhaps even prevent future ones from occurring. Be the one who brings about positive change not just for yourself but also for others too because laughter truly does work wonders!