Did you know that fifteen straight minutes of laughter has the same health benefits as 30 minutes of sit-ups .
They say laughter is the best medicine but did you know just how good it actually is for you? Whether it’s the theorists or experts saying it, the point is it actually helps provide us with numerous health benefits that most of us had no idea about. Tired of the same ol’ boring workout and want to change it up a bit? Add some laughter. Have you ever had a good, hearty belly laugh?
When we laugh our stomach muscles get a workout contracting and having to work harder leading us to the occasional soreness after a good laughing session. This type of mini aerobic workout helps with the stress chemical and weight gain culprit called cortisol. When we have the chemical cortisol taking over we’ll notice fat stored in our midsections and our metabolism lowered which will slowly have us gaining weight.
Other reasons why laughing is so good for your health…
Reduces Stress. Your stress hormones decrease from laughter and allow those feel good endorphins to promote well being and a happier, more positive mood.
Improves Your Outlook On Life. Those of us who laugh often are happy, and us happy people typically live more positive lives. Positivity leads to being approachable, achieving more and worrying less.
Just Be Happy. This one is an easy one but happiness tends to go hand in hand with laughter which is a must to stay healthy. Serotonin is released with endorphins when you find a reason to laugh. These happy hormones reduce stress as well as being a big part in your overall health.
A Natural Painkiller. It’s been proven that when laughing you’re helping in reducing pain by releasing endorphins, a chemical that makes us happy.
Your Immune System Improves. When we’re sick, most of us just want to be left alone to just sleep it off but although sleep is much needed, laughter can really help improve your immune system. The amount of T cells increases allowing you to help fight some minor and also debilitating illnesses.
Circulation Is Improved. The act of laughter not only feels good but gets your heart pumping more, improving circulation. As a result, our cells have more nutrients and oxygen going to them.
What happens when you live without laughter? You may suffer from…
- Gaining weight
- A compromised immune system
- Heart problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- High blood pressure
Did you know that laughter is such a great way to improve your overall well being, there are ‘laugh therapy’ classes that may involve silliness, funny movies, clowns and even laugh exercises to help improve some physical and mental issues. Look up a class near you and see what it’s all about! Whether it’s a loud belly laugh, a giggle or even a chuckle, laughter is truly the best medicine! Put a smile on your face and begin laughing more if not to lighten your mood but for your health.