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Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Aug 25, 2016

Why Laughter is the Best Medicine

It could be something as simple as children playing, your goofy dog, a favorite comedy sketch, or remembering fun times with someone you love. Can’t find inspiration from your own life? The internet is a great resource for humor. Without a doubt, you will be able to find a cat video or a silly meme that will have you in a laughing fit in no time.

Laughter is one of the greatest gifts and also one of the best medicines. Think about the last time you had a good laugh. It surely put you in a better mood and helped you relax, which are only two of the many benefits of laughing. Take a look at some of the other ways laughter helps your mind, body, and soul.

Benefits for Your Mind

Laughter can help you flex your mental muscle. There is new evidence that laughter can improve your memory. In a recent study, one group of people sat silently while the other group watched funny videos for 20 minutes. Then each group provided a saliva sample and took a short memory test. The group who watched the videos scored more than 20% higher and had lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) than the silent group.

Benefits for Your Body

Give your heart a great workout with a little laughter. Laughing can boost your heart rate similar to exercising and in less time. The increase in blood flow can help protect guard your heart against cardiovascular issues. The stress and anxiety relief you receive from laughter are also great for your body, especially your heart.

Benefits for Your Soul

When you’re feeling down, find something that will tickle your funny bone. A good laugh releases endorphins into your body that promote a better sense of well-being and is even known to relieve pain. Humor helps shift your perspective and allows you to see the lighter, brighter side of life and can give you a new sense of hope.

While laughing won’t permanently relieve you from stress, anxiety, and fear, it can definitely help lessen their effects. Humor is a great way to lighten the mood and defuse situations that would be otherwise serious, awkward, or anxiety-inducing.

Benefits for Your Social Life

Having trouble making friends or meeting new people? Laughter is a great way to break down barriers and create positive experiences with others. Sharing the same sense of humor easily and quickly bonds people together, even when they are complete strangers. People also find those who can laugh at themselves more approachable and likable. Many actors, comedians, and entertainers have admitted to using humor as a way to make friends when they were just children and that skill has helped them become the household names we know and love.

What about staying social? Laughter can help with that too by strengthening bonds with your family, friends, and coworkers. Inside jokes from past experiences, hosting a game night, going to a comedy show, or watching a funny movie together are all ways you can grow closer to others and socially benefit from humor.