The Many Health Benefits of Laughter
Laughing as often as possible is actually very good for your health. Every time you have laughter, your body releases endorphins into your blood system. These endorphins act like natural pain killers and also help you feel happy. Have you ever seen the commercial on TV that shows all of the babies laughing? One starts to laugh and then another, until you have a room full of babies laughing. Before you know it, you are laughing along with them.
Laughing not only helps you to feel happy, but it can also do the following:
- Lower your blood sugar levels – Laughter is a great way to reduce stress which is important because stress often leads to an increase in blood sugar levels.
- Lower blood pressure – Laughing has an interesting side effect on your blood pressure. Initially your blood pressure will rise when you laugh, but then it decreases to levels below normal.
- Make your heart grow stronger – Through a series of studies, heart specialists have established that mental stress is particularly harmful to the heart. They have found that it is one of the leading causes behind the build up of fat and cholesterol in the coronary arteries. However, by laughing on a regular basis and reducing that stress, you’re helping your body reduce that fat buildup which in turn reduces your risk of a heart attack.
- Improve your mental health – Laughing and having fun is also a great way to improve your mental health. It lifts your mood, improves your outlook on life and helps you to view life with a positive, upbeat attitude.
If you feel like you can’t find anything to laugh about, go to a live comedy club or watch a stand-up comedian on TV. Rent a movie from the comedy section, or watch TV shows that you find funny. Even watching cartoons that made you laugh when you were a kid may be a good idea.