10 Amazing Reasons To Laugh More
Source: Open Talk Magazine 11/12/2010 22:04:00
Laughter is an innate, natural physical process that discharges pain—emotionally and physically. It is an element of the body's biological drug store. Bring more laughter into your life and enjoy the chance to need less or no drugs, alcohol or tobacco for your everyday life.
The most excellent laughter is when you actually don’t need any reasons to laugh; you just laugh on. Read through the reasons cautiously and keep them in your mind and consider the benefits you can get—physiological, psychological and spiritual—by indulging your lighter side and laughing wherever, whenever, and with whom you may happen to be with.
Laughing is very convenient to do; it functions as an immediate therapy coping with stress. It places your body, mind and spirit into a healthy emotional and physical state. Reflecting on it will charge up your soul’s battery.
Here are some beneficial reasons of laughing that will amaze you and give you that much needed boost:
Reduces risk of heart disease
Studies show that when you laugh, it expands the arteries’ inner walls thereby adding more blood flow to the body. In addition, this positive can last up to 30-45 minutes.
Laughing can help you ignore pain by redirecting your focus to something positive. Research shows that children viewing comedy movies endure more pain with no trouble. This technique is used by many doctors in medical centers for children that are healing from fractures, broken bones and strained ligaments. There are lots of studies validating the pain-relieving effects of laughing.
Massages the abdominal organs
Belly laughter gives a great massage to the organs of the abdomen: pancreas, liver, kidney, adrenal glands, and spleen. Consequently, blood flow is raised and its functions are greatly improved.
Laughing instantly lessens levels of stress hormones and hence this is one of the most effective catalysts to decrease the stress effects. After a prolonged, powerful session of laughter; you will immediately feel a sense of relaxation and well-being.
A happy belly laughing exercises your diaphragm, contracts your abs and even works out your shoulders, leaving the muscles more relaxed. It even functions as a healthy workout for your heart.
Helps keep sugar level under control
Research shows that individuals who watched funny videos after meals had comparatively lesser level of blood sugar than those watching a serious film.
Makes you look younger
When you laugh it requires only 15 facial muscles to compress. This increases the flow of blood around your face to make you look younger and healthier.
Improves your breathing
Laughing empties your lungs of stale air more than you can realize. It’s similar to deep breathing. This is particularly useful for people who suffer from respiratory ailments, like asthma.
Boosts your immune system
Studies have discovered that laughter boosts your immune system; escalating the amount of antibody-producing T-cells. It makes you less susceptible to colds and coughs. It also lowers the levels to at least 4 hormones that are associated with stress. Shortly after a good giggle, you are far less tensed and anxious.
An effective anti-depressant
Laughter keeps depression and anxiety at bay; enhancing the production of serotonin—the body’s natural anti-depressant. It's no surprise that humorous or comedic people rarely get depressed, or can quickly overcome depression. The key is to stop looking at every life event as heavy, serious or meaningful. Ask yourself, are things really that serious or does everything really happen for a reason? Most of the time, things just happen!
Laughter does much more than a hot bath or massage can ever do for you. It isn’t complex, difficult or expensive to achieve. Everyone can afford laughter—it’s free! What it takes is some listening and effort on your part. This is what people mean when they affirm; the best things in life are free. You pay nothing to laugh, but you get amazing and lasting benefits from it. So take the time and laugh today!