We already know that laughing over something that’s really funny is one of the best feelings in the world. This is the reason the ‘laughter is the best medicine’ saying was made in the first place. And it’s not just mere saying. There’s scientific evidence that laughing not only can improve our mood, it can also bring significant health gains into our lives. Here are the things that happen to your body when you laugh more often.
1. Laughing improves mood
Naturally, you feel great about everything after having a good laugh. All your worries seem to vanish when you’re laughing. But not only does it boost your mood, it also relaxes your body, too.
By laughing, you’re releasing all those accumulated stress and tension in your muscles, joints, and tendons. It also helps lower your blood pressure, enhances cardiovascular functions, and makes sure the heart becomes more fortified to protect its functions.
With a healthy heart, you’re bound to live longer. Laughing also helps restore your energy so that you can resume your work with a clearer head.
2. Laughing soothes the nerves
Studies show that laughter helps stabilize the nervous system by decreasing stress hormones, such as cortisol, adrenaline, and epinephrine that are secreted into the body when you’re under pressure.
Plus, laughter also helps enhance your memory, creativity, and energy levels. It even has the amazing capacity to alleviate pain by boosting the secretion of endorphins.
3. Laughing makes the immune system stronger
When you laugh, you’re also boosting the generation of immune cells and antibodies. These enable your body to defend it from infections. Hence, every time you feel like getting sick, just watch something funny and that’ll surely help.
4. Laughing boosts your digestive system
Laughing causes digestive enzymes to be produced. It serves as an abdominal massage and rouses the wave of contraction and relaxation in the alimentary canal, too. It also boosts the production of bile and even helps ease constipation. When you laugh, you’re also basically augmenting your digestive system’s wellness. The likelihood of you experiencing indigestion issues also become slim when you’re a frequent laugher because of the reasons mentioned above.
5. Laughing bonds people closer
Laughter is a positive experience. Hence, laughing with others generates a positive bond between you and other people. It helps break the ice during awkward introductions and helps connects people for better understanding.
When there’s laughter between individuals, the barrier that separates people breaks and relationships stand a good chance of developing into something more – from acquaintances to best of friends or from friends to lovers. This kind of bond is also great for people’s mental health.
There are many reasons and opportunities to have a good laugh. There are cute videos of pets that’ll surely brighten your day. There are memes that are worthy of your giggles. There are endless things you can watch or listen to in order to improve your mood with laughter. There’s your funny co-worker you can hang out with to get your daily dose of good vibes.
So, what are you waiting for? You’re not going to gain anything from being negative and resentful all day. In fact, you’re just harming yourself by wallowing into worries. If the reason for laughter eludes you, go find it yourself. Remember, it’s not just for boosting your emotions and lifting your spirits, it’s also for improving your health and overall well-being.