It has often been said that laughter is the best medicine. There have been many studies that support this. So why are many of us not laughing as much as we should every day? With so many distressing things happening around us, it is easy to get caught in the gloom that seems to pervade the bad news we come across on a daily basis. Thankfully, there is nothing like a good laugh to counterbalance the negativity that threatens to overwhelm us from time to time. Here are seven reasons to take the time to laugh every day:
1. Brightens the mood
Laughter can brighten up your mood. It releases endorphins that make you feel happier. Laughing shifts the focus toward something good instead of dwelling on thoughts or things that may be causing a lot of stress or anxiety. This makes it a great antidote for the unpleasantness that creeps up on anyone at some point.
2. Reduces stress
Have you ever noticed how laughing leaves you feeling more relaxed? Laughter relieves muscle tension. It also refreshes the mind and provides more clarity, which can be hard to achieve if you are feeling stressed. Making it a habit to laugh every day can help you manage stress more effectively.
3. Good for the immune system
Studies suggest that laughing can have a positive effect in the production of antibodies which help the body ward off diseases. According to Loma Linda University Professor Lee Berk, laughter increases certain antibodies and immune cells which do an important job in fighting off illnesses.
4. Enhances blood flow
Research also reveals that laughter can improve blood flow. A study conducted by University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers indicates that laughing triggers the expansion of the blood vessels’ inner lining which improves blood flow. This in turn can have positive effects to your overall health.
5. Great workout
Laughter is an excellent workout. Like exercise, it facilitates the release of endorphins. And mirthful laughter often triggers a feeling akin to a workout where you feel tired but in a good way.
6. Improves relationships
Laughter is a great way to connect with people. It also strengthens relationships. Notice how the happiest people have positive relationships with the people around them. Laughter can also be an excellent ice-breaker. It helps people appear more approachable.