Laughter may be the cure for whatever ails you…almost. According to the Mayo Clinic, a good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do.
- When people laugh, physical changes occur that have both short and long-term effects.
- The act of laughing causes you to take in more oxygen, which is good for your heart, lungs and muscles.
- Laughing increases your brain’s release of endorphins, making you feel good and giving you a sense of euphoria.
- A good laugh eases tension and relieves stress. Think about a stressful or tense time when rather than getting upset you decided to lighten-up and find humor in the situation.
The reason? Laughter soothes the stress response and leaves you feeling calmer. And it helps increase circulation and relaxes muscles, relieving physical tension.
Laughter may have a positive impact on your immune system.
The Mayo Clinic explains,
Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
Now if that is not enough reason to turn to comedy, consider that a good sense of humor helps relieve pain since the body produces its own natural painkillers. This makes you a more agreeable and easier person for others to be around, helping you connect with friends and family. Plus laughter elevates your mood, making you feel better and happier.
So this winter, the next time you feel stressed or blue and feel like you need a pick-me-up, find a TV show, movie, book or video that makes you laugh.
If you do, you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank, when it comes to your future health and wellness.