Updated: Sep 20, 2019
We all know laughter feels good, makes life feel a little lighter for a moment. Gives us a mental vacation from our worries. But a little giggling, belly laughter has more good to offer you than just that. Here some clinically proven facts to make you want to exercise your funny muscle 👇🏼
👉🏼Boost the immune system. Laughing improves the body’s natural defense mechanism by increasing the amount of immunoglobulin’s and T cell’s in the body.
👉🏼Reduce the risk of heart disease. Laughing expands the inner walls of the arteries which increases the ability of blood to flow around the body, and, this positive effect lasts for up to 45 minutes after the laughter has stopped.
👉🏼Decrease stress. Laughing instantly reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine, and increases the production of serotonin.
👉🏼Can assist as a mild antidepressant.
👉🏼Reduce blood pressure.
👉🏼Is a natural painkiller.
👉🏼Massage the abdominal organs. Belly laughing effectively ‘massages’ the abdominal organs and improves their function.
👉🏼Help keep diabetes Abay. Its been shown that laughter affects the neuroendocrine system, which monitors the body´s glucose levels, or it may be the effect of energy used by the stomach muscles.
👉🏼Make you look younger. As many as 15 facial muscles work together to help you smile and laugh, bringing the circulation into even the smallest of capillaries which, in turn, helps to make you look younger and healthier.
👉🏼Re-energize the mind and body by forcing more rapid movement of oxygen.
👉🏼Build resilience. The ability to laugh, or at least smile, when times get tough, is the best way to reduce stress and anxiety.
👉🏼Aid with sleep. Having a good laugh prior to sleep reduces stress and anxiety, promoting deep, restful sleep.
👉🏼Laughter also provides a mild aerobic workout and abs strengthening, which, not only energises you in the short term, but also helps you to sleep better.
👉🏼Bond us to others. Laughter causes the release of oxytocin. Often called the empathy hormone, oxytocin helps bond individuals and groups together. A little laughter is great for building great teams, be they in the community or at work.
👉🏼Is contagious. Laughing not only lifts our spirits but also the spirit of those around us. 🙏🏻🌟
So no, your day might not be wasted without some laughter, giggles, chuckles ( genuine ones that is..) but it always makes life feel a little lighter, give you that extra boost of happiness and well being ...and coffee, let’s not forget the magic touch on our mornings by steaming hot coffee either😁