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Laughter and Its Health Benefits

By Edited Feb 27, 2016 1 1

Unknown to many people, laughter does have some immense health benefits and there is usually no harm in always laughing; as long as you are not mocking someone. It has been discovered that children laugh more than adults; and that is why they are healthier and younger; all things being equal.

Usually, as one gets older and as a result of stressful activities, the rate of laughter drops drastically.

In this article, we are going to consider why it might be beneficial to laugh often.


Laughter builds the immune system

Research has shown that laughter reduces the level of stress hormones in the body. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the response of tumor and disease killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells.

Generally, people who are optimistic and full of laughter have stronger immune systems and are actually able to fight off illness better than pessimists and those who bear a sullen face. It has been researched and proven true; it is not some social science generalization. There is a link between optimistic attitudes, laughter and good health.

Laughter gives you an internal workout

Laughter has been proven to be a great workout for your body; especially the mid-section and your facial muscles. Instead of spending large sum of money paying a masseuse, all you need do is have a good laugh and you are good to go. Laughter aids digestion and functioning of the intestine, thus increasing absorption.

It has been estimated that a good hearty laugh; a couple of times a day can burn of calories equivalent to working out on rowing machine or exercise bike.

Laughter improves creativity, alertness and memory

According to the humor guru, William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University; humor and creativity works by creating relationships between two disconnected items and then engaging the whole brain. This is a huge discovery. Students who indulge more in humorous activities have been proven to become more alert and creative in their academics.

Laughter reduces stress

Stress is almost usually part of daily activities but laughter brings down the level of stress hormones. While reducing stress causing hormones in the body, laughter equally increases the level of health-enhancing hormones in the body. What this means a stronger and more viable immune system as well as fewer physical effects of stress.

Having considered the health benefits of laughter, it becomes necessary to cultivate the habit of laughing always instead of just going about with a sullen face.

References:

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm
http://www.lifesupporters.com/family-friendly-news/health/benefits-of-laughter-20070513176.html

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Comments

Jan 1, 2012 1:13pm
jeni10
Excellent article! And thank you for sharing with the world that laughter really is the best medicine! Google + and posted to Facebook and Twitter.
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