Five Reasons to Laugh Out Loud
I just read an incredible fact. Recent studies show that pre-school-aged children laugh up to 400 times a day, but by the time we become adults, we’re down to laughing only 17 times per day on average!
Laughing relaxes tense muscles, speeds more oxygen into your system and lowers your blood pressure. Plus it reduces food cravings and increases your threshold for pain.
Want to bond with someone? Then smile at them. Even 3 week old babies recognize smiling as a bonding behavior. It’s also a great remedy to turn another person's frown upside down.
Here are five great reasons to laugh a lot more:
• Your Hormones:
Laughing reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, dopamine and growth hormone. While it Increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins and neurotransmitters. Laughter also raises the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.
• Works Your Abs and Shoulders:
Try a good belly laugh for exercising your diaphragm, contracting your abs and even working out your shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward. Plus, it’s is a good workout for the heart.
• Physical Release:
Have you ever felt like you have to laugh or you’ll cry? Felt pretty good, right? That’s because laughter provides a physical and emotional release.
• Good Distraction:
The emotions and moods we experience directly effect our immune system. Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions.
Humor gives us a lighthearted perspective and helps us view events as 'challenges' – they become less threatening and more positive.
So check out a funny movie. Read a humorous book. Call a friend and share some laughs. Spend time with young children.
Now add some positive, uplifting music and find your stress melting away almost instantly.
Tania Gabrielle French