World Laughter Day: The 7 Benefits of laughing. Number six might surprise you!

   

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World Laughter Day

Let’s all laugh our way to better health this World Laughter Day as we explore why it's good to get giggling more often.

One of the best feelings in the world is when we have one of those deep-rooted belly laughs. Not only does it make us feel really good, but it makes others feel great too! And there is a reason for that. Studies show that getting in a good dose of laughter has great benefits for your body!

Let’s find out why laughter is one of the best medicines!

Benefits of laughing

Relieves pain

Did you know that a good ol’ laugh has proven to help reduce pain in the body? Not only is your laughter distracting you from the aches and pains, but it also helps release endorphins that make you feel better. Basically, when you are laughing it’s like your body is producing its own morphine that helps you cope with pain.

In fact, a recent study showed that if you are laughing for just 15 minutes it's been known to also help increase your pain tolerance by 10%, which will give you a pleasant feeling of calm and a sense of temporary pain relief.

It improves your heart health

Yes, the more you laugh, the happier your heart is. When you get a good chuckle in, it helps increase the oxygen flow in your bloodstream which helps with your heart rate. Remember that your heart is a muscle, so it needs to be exercised too, when your heart rate increases, you know your heart is being exercised.

Oh, but there is more! When you are laughing you are also helping decrease the stiffness of your arterial wall. Simply put, when your arterial walls are stiff you are at risk for serious cardiovascular diseases. By giggling, you are ultimately protecting your heart.

It helps burn off calories

A hearty chuckle has been known to help speed up your metabolism, which can help you burn off a few extra calories. So, if you are currently in the process of creating a wellness routine and exercise regimen, make sure to add some laughter to your list.

Reduces stress – by a lot

When you are stressed, it’s because your body has released a stress hormone called Cortisol. When there is too much of it in your body it begins to make you feel anxious and overwhelmed. When you have the giggles, you are regulating the release of Cortisol.

This means that you will begin to see a drastic improvement in your mood. All of a sudden you are feeling happier and more light-hearted than you were feeling before because happier hormones are being released throughout your body – which is always a win!

It helps relax the body

Laughing has been known to drastically help relax your muscles so that you do not feel so tense. In fact, take this moment to assess your own body language. Are your shoulders perked up? Is your jaw locked? Is your posture weak? These are signs that our bodies aren’t relaxed.

Laughter will help release dopamine, a happy hormone, that will help unlock your muscles so that they are no longer clenched. All of a sudden you will instantly begin to feel more relaxed.

Improves your breathing

You know when you are laughing so hard that you end up gasping for air? Well, at that moment it may not feel like it but you are actually properly expanding and contracting your lungs. When you are done laughing you are more likely to take in big gulps of air. This helps regulate your breathing.

When you empty your lungs and fill them with lots of air immediately afterwards, you are doing what is referred to as “deep breathing”. This is particularly good for those who suffer from respiratory illnesses like asthma.

It brings you closer to people

Very few things in life bring us together like a good sense of humour. By laughing with someone you love, or even a stranger, you are able to bridge new relationships, which is good for our mental health. We are human beings, and we thrive on community, which is why laughter is important.

Don’t forget that laughter is contagious, so by sharing in a funny moment, you are all helping improve social interactions which lead to greater happiness better relationships, positive energy and joyful relations. What more could you ask for?

The main takeaway

There are so many benefits to laughing that it really should become a part of our daily routines. Try and prioritise laughter today on World Laughter Day but also every single day after that and watch your body gleam with happiness!

 

Yours in holistic health insurance,

Oneplan



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