Laughter, the best medicine

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2015 Written by Sarah PJ White

laughterThe debate over the benefits of laughter have long been argued. Advocates of laughter will point out the benefits it has on the body and mind, whilst others will argue that you cannot isolate laughter as the main cause. However, if something has caused so much debate in the scientific world, there has to be something in it, and personally… I think laughter really IS the best medicine for everyone.

Cardio health and blood pressure

The act of laughing increases your pulse rate and blood pressure, and this makes you breathe faster. This is great for your body, as it sends more oxygen to the tissues in our body. If you’re really animated with your laughter (such as waving your arms around) you’ll increase these benefits even more!

Well-being and stress levels

Laughter is like a mini workout. It stretches our facial muscles obviously, but it also affects the other muscles in our body.

This extra mini workout for our body not only helps send more oxygen around our body, but it also helps us to relax too – inside and out. Our posture becomes more relaxed as our muscles get exercised, our diaphragm and lungs relax, aiding our breathing and the blood vessels in our body to relax too – meaning our blood can flow easier around our body.

Laughter and your mindset

When it comes to laughing, the benefits remain with you long after the laughter has ended. Your mood improves, you experience pain differently and burdens become lighter. There’s no doubt that laughter has an impact on your mindset.

Other benefits of laughter include:

  • Feeling lighter and more hopeful
  • Clears the cobwebs – leaving your more focused and alert
  • Helps to energetically ground and centre you
  • Eases anxiety and stress
  • Enhances relationships
  • Helps diffuse conflict

Laughter helps your social life

Let’s face it, a happy person acts like a magnet – we all want some of what they’re on – and laughter truly is infectious! We also find people who frequently laugh attractive; we want to be in that person’s company, so it goes without saying that a happy person is also a more sociable person. If you’re happy you’re more likely to want to be around other people too, as you’ll want to spread that joy.  

Laughter binds people together and helps create intimacy – so whether the scientific community agree or disagree, laughter is free and easy – so get out there and laugh! Ho Ho Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha Hee Hee Hee

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