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How Laughter and a Positive Attitude Can Affect Health


Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Nov 16, 2014

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The saying “laughter is the best medicine” might have more truth to it that many other proverbs. Research has shown that laughter and a positive attitude can significantly affect the physical health of sick patients. In fact, hearty laughter is actually a form of exercise. Think about the last time you had a really good laugh, the kind where you can’t stop and when you finally do, you need to catch your breath. It’s almost as if you went for a short run around the block. The aftereffects of laughter give a positive boost to your attitude, as well. Let’s take a look at some of the other positive effects of laughter on the body.

  1. Laughter is good for your heart. Laughing reduces blood pressure and improves the health of blood vessels, which helps to increase blood flow and reduce the chances of heart attack or stroke.
  2. Laughter reduces stress. Stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine have been shown to be reduced after a long laughing session. This helps to relax your body and leave you with a calm feeling long after the laughing has stopped.
  3. It may help to boost immune function. Laughing causes a reduction in stress hormones along with an increase in chemicals that fight stress and possibly serious illness. Laughing can also activate T cells, which are immune system cells that help to fight off sickness.
  4. Laughing reduces pain. Laughing causes the body to release chemicals that act as natural painkillers. Additionally, laughter might help to stop muscle spasms in some muscle disorders.
  5. Laughing stimulates your whole body. When you are laughing, your air intake increases, which provides a boost of oxygen to your heart, lungs, and muscles. The oxygen also causes the release of endorphins, which improve mood.
  6. Laughter is exercise. Probably the most fun abdominal workout ever, laughter causes your ab muscles to expand and contract, toning them up. It’s also been found that 10 to 15 minutes worth of laughter can burn off as much as 50 calories.
  7. It contributes to a positive attitude.Laughter calms your entire body, aneffect that lasts long after the laughing is over. So the more a person laughs, the more frequently they will experience this positive outlook, which can help in the fight against disease.
  8. Laughing connects you with others. Sharing a good laugh with other people is one of the most pleasurable experiences in life. It helps you form and strengthen bonds with the people that you love.
  9. It helps with coping skills. All of the benefits listed above—stress reduction, immune function improvement, mood improvement—all help you deal with the physical and emotional tolls of very difficult situations.
  10. Laughter creates memories. Sharing a laugh with loved ones is a great way to preserve pleasant memories of spending time with them. Making someone else laugh or laughing along with them, especially during trying circumstances, is a perfect expression of your love.