A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.Madeleine L’Engle
Why So Serious?
According to a study, the average four-year-old laughs 400 times a day while the average adult laughs about 10 to 15 times a day. With all the responsibilities, anxieties and monotonous activities, we have forgotten how to laugh.
Laughter has a myriad of health benefits. Studies have shown that good, hearty laughter can relieve tension and stress; boost the immune system, by reducing stress hormones and boosting the happy hormones. On top of that, it helps in reducing the risk of heart attack, by improving blood flow. Let’s see some physical and mental health benefits of laughter.
Physical Health Benefits of Laughter :
- Decreases stress levels through decreased stress-hormones.
- Increases health-enhancing hormones (endorphins).
- Increases pain tolerance.
- Increases muscle relaxation.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Strengthen the immune system.
- Instantaneously increases blood flow to the all-important organ of the human body
- It helps burn calories.
- It lowers your blood pressure and helps your blood vessels to function better.
Mental Health Benefits of Laughter:
The joy that laughter brings to our day-to-day can impact our creativity and our perspective. This allows us to think differently about our outlook on life.
1. Boosts Optimism
Laughter allows you to see difficult circumstances in a new way; not so much as a threat but as a challenge by relaxing negative emotions. It’s difficult to feel anxious, sad or angry when you are laughing, thereby reducing depression and anxiety and boosting optimism.
2. Improves Mood
Laughter decreases stress levels by decreasing hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, which reduces tension to help improve mood. This also has the benefit of improving quality of relationships.
3. Improves Creativity
Humor releases tension and causes a person to relax, which is an essential component of creativity.
4. Improves Working Environment
Humor, smiles, laughter — are all communication opportunities that could be exchanged between employees and leadership. Laughter helps combat stress and promotes worker relaxation. This funny enough, increases efficiency and productivity.
Social Health Benefits of Laughter:
1. Strengthen Relationships
Playful communication and humour strengthen relationships by fostering emotional connection and triggering positive feelings. Sharing a good laugh with family and friends induces relaxation and reduces stress.
2. Keep The Spark Alive
Laughter is the key to keeping your relationships exciting and fresh. Sharing other emotions only builds strong and lasting bonds, but laughter also adds to the joy, resilience, and vitality of life.
3. Heal Resentments
Humor is an effective and powerful means of healing resentments and disagreements. It brings people together even during difficult times. Laughter is contagious and the more you bring it in your life the happier you and those around you will be.
4. Resolves Conflicts
It resolves conflicts and disagreements whether with your partners, family, friends or co-workers. It is also a good way to build confidence in the workplace. Incorporating more play and humour into daily interactions can improve the quality of your relationship with your partner, as well as your communication with friends, family, and co-workers. Using laughter and humour relationships enhances teamwork and promote group bonding.
Ways to Bring Laughter into your Life
Now we have discussed an awful lot of benefits of humour in our life. So now let’s discuss how can we incorporate laughter into our lives.
It is the beginning of laughter. Practice smiling. Instead of being lost on your phone, lookup, smile at the people you pass on the streets, the person serving you your coffee or a co-worker you meet in the elevator. Like laughter, a smile is contagious too.
2. Count Your Blessings
Think of all the positive aspects of your life. This will help block all the negative thoughts. When you hear laughter, move towards it.
3. Surround Yourself With Fun People.
Be around people who can laugh at themselves as well as life’s absurdities. Such people find humour in everyday things. Their energy and playful attitude are contagious.
4. Improve Your Sense of Humour
Bring Humor into your conversation.
Stimulated laughter can be just as beneficial as real laughter.
5. Create Opportunities to Laugh
- Watch comedy movies or shows
- Read funny stories
- Invite your friends or family to a comedy club
- Play with a child
- Do something silly
So what are you waiting for? Go and grab a latest funny movie and watch it with your friends or family and the next time you hear a joke, whether you get it or not, let yourself go and enjoy a good, hearty laugh. It’s good for you!😂
I will follow the upward road today; I will keep my face to the light. I will think high thoughts as I go my way; I will do what I know is right. I will look for the flowers by the side of the road; I will laugh and love and be strong. I will try to lighten another’s load this day as I fare along.Mary S. Edgar