Laughter is the Best Medicine
It’s true! Laughter is a strong medicine that draws people together in ways that trigger physical and emotional changes in your body. Laughter can boost your mood, strengthen your immune system, diminish pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, connects you to others, inspires hope, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
Laughter is Good for Your Health
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, big laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, while decreasing stress hormones which improves your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins can temporarily relieve pain, and promote an overall sense of well-being
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much.