Have you ever heard the statement ‘Laughter is the best medicine’?
I am going to explain why I believe it is the best medicine.
Laughter has been around since mankind walked this planet. Laughter is a physical reaction in humans consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli.
- Laughter elevates your mood within minutes
When you laugh your brain releases endorphins (natural mood boosters). British and Finnish researchers discovered that when we laughter these endorphins help us to create great social connections too. It gives us a sense of togetherness.
- Laughter helps with anxiety, depression, and burnout
Laughing activates the release of neurotransmitter serotonin and endorphins. Serotonin is the same chemical released by anti-depressants which are pre-described for people with any form of depression. If we laugh more we can naturally release the chemical serotonin. So, would you rather be prescribed drugs or naturally laugh?
- Laughter helps boost your immune system
Laughter has been shown to increase the production of anti-bodies which strengthen your immune system. Strong immune system means less chance of been sick.
- Laughter can lower your chance of heart attack
Scientist at the University of Maryland linked laughter with the healthy function of blood vessels which could lower your chances of a heart attack.
- Laughter increases oxygen in the body
Oxygen is a key part in a lot of metabolic reactions in the human body. Ongoing scientific studies show that lack of oxygen is the major cause of most diseases. More oxygen in the body also helps to increase our energy levels, physical performance and productivity.
- Laughter can have a big impact on diseases & chronic illnesses
Many illnesses have no cure and people have to cope on lifelong medication. Laughter exercises can help to reduce the symptoms of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, blood pressure, auto- immune disorders like multiple sclerosis and other chronic diseases. It also helps then reduced the negative impact of the illness and maintain a positive outlook on life, helping them to cope better.
These are just a few reasons you should laugh and make it an everyday thing.