Laughter is the best medicine, they say. The naysayers put it to test, unknowingly though, and experienced first-hand that laughing indeed shoos troubles away, or so they say. Both might actually be true, especially when we consider the fact that in 2005, there was a report* that confirmed the correlation between laughter and healthy functioning of blood vessels in the human body.
When not in a good mood, we feel low and that often causes us to feel feverish. With a funny remark from a close one, cheerfulness sets in and for all we know, were looking forward to the brighter part of the day. Whether we can explicitly appreciate this fact or not, laughter has a positive effect on how we feel, each time we feel. Next time you laugh a good laugh, just ask yourself how it feels.
You dont really need to know the body-friendly reasons to laugh multiple times a day. I meanÂ… who doesnt just want to laugh! Its an instant feel good tonic, and its free.
Laughing causes a glowing face: When we smile or laugh, up to 15 muscles are used by the body. That needs increased blood flow in the region, which can reportedly turn the facial skin to a pinkish tone, thus making the face glow.
Laughter for pain relief: Way back in 1987, a study conducted in Texas found that people who watched a comedy television show for 20 minutes could tolerate a tighter cuff, as compared to those people who had watched a different (not a comedy) tape or no tape at all.
Laugh for a better immune system: Stress hormones go out of the picture when you laugh. Instead, a greater number of infection-fighting antibodies are released in your body. This automatically improves your bodys disease resistance levels.
Laugh and “feel good” with endorphins: When you laugh, endorphin is released in your body that will raise your pain threshold. In fact, studies have revealed that higher endorphin levels in your body can make you “feel-good”. Laughter automatically does that anyway; or is it the case of endorphins?!
Laughing is good for your heart: While not 100 percent validated, logical derivations of numerous research studies suggest that “Laughter is the best medicine for your heart”. What better than laughing your heart out, feeling good at the same tim, and preventing a heart attack!
Experiment this at work! Laughter virtually produces energy: When getting bored at work, just share a couple of funny instances or jokes with your team/colleagues while sitting at your desk. If the instance/joke is funny enough (which, by the way, is a pre-requisite), everyone will have a good chuckle. Right afterwards, you will almost always find the drained out energy re-appearing automatically, setting you energetic and enthusiastic to attend to the pending tasks.
Im now running out of good reasons related to laughters positive effects on our physical, mental and social health. So, well just go ahead and laugh out loud (LOL, like they say) with this short, punchy joke.
Patient: Doctor! Doctor! Everyone keeps on copying me!
Doctor: Doctor! Doctor! Everyone keeps on copying me!
* – University of Maryland Medical Center