Friday Greetings to each of you!! 🙂 Although it has been raining all day and most of the night I am happy to report that I’ve been blessed with another day and opportunity to share this earth with each of you. I hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far and that you choose to make the most of it regardless of the obstacles that try to throw you off your game.
Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the benefits of laughter to our overall health and well-being.
Does laughter have any affect on our well-being? Let’s find out.
Some benefits of laughter include:
- Reduce stress hormones
- Boosts immune system
- Regulates blood pressure
- Increases blood oxygenation
- Enhance your mood making you feel better
- Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers
- Help burn additional calories
- Help you cope better during challenging times
- Helps improve your sense of humour
- Works out the stomach muscles
- Improves heart health
- Improves memory
- May even fight off cancer
- Promote creativity
- Laughter increases connection with others
Some of us often think that if we or others are laughing then we or they are not taking life seriously. The truth is, there will always be something going on in the world that we don’t like or agree it. However, there will also have good things and people as well that should be celebrated and enjoyed and not overshadowed by all of the negativity that can suck the joy right out of us.
Just take a look at the possible benefits to be gained from such a simple act as laughing. No sign up fee. No membership fee. Laughter is the easiest and most affordable element we can add to our everyday lives to make even subtle improvements to our overall health and well-being.
Now back to my earlier question, “Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?” Yes, I believe it does. When I look around it is almost impossible to miss the visible differences between people who laugh nearly everyday and those who are barely able to crack a smile. The major differences would include: their uptight physically and in their interactions with others; their bodies seem tense all of the time and some may even be labelled as unapproachable.
I’m almost certain that if we took a closer look at their blood pressure and stress levels their scores would probably be higher as well and they may not even know it. Most of us don’t realize until it is too late and we’re forced to go the doctor or the hospital. Don’t allow the pressures of life to stifle your laughter.
Okay, so we’ve seen the benefits of laughter but there can be some side effects also. Let’s take a look.
- Sore muscles. Have you ever laughed so hard and long that your muscles hurt? The joke or moment was hilarious but your poor muscles paid the price after. That was actually your muscles getting a workout. The pain is short-lived but the funny memory would live on. 🙂
- Persons in recovery from abdominal surgery in particular as well as any other area of the body that may be impacted by laughter should be cautious and if possible try avoiding laughter as this could be painful at least until after they have fully recovered.
At the end of the day, life has its complications from time to time but laughter is not one of them. Smile, laugh and live each day enjoying every moment where and whenever you can.
Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to laugh. 🙂