Laughter is the best medicine!

4 05 2010

Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” – Paul E. McGhee



Laughter is good for your health!

-Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

-Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

-Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

-Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.


Physical Health Benefits:

-Boosts immunity
-Lowers stress hormones
-Decreases pain
-Relaxes your muscles
-Prevents heart disease


Mental Health Benefits:

-Adds joy and zest to life
-Eases anxiety and fear
-Relieves stress
-Improves mood
-Enhances resilience


Social Benefits:

-Strengthens relationships
-Attracts others to us
-Enhances teamwork
-Helps defuse conflict
-Promotes group bonding


The link between laughter and mental health:

-Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

-Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.

-Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.


Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone!

Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter and play adds joy, vitality, and resilience. And humor is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.


Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:

-Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.

-Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.

-Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.


Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. Pioneers in “laugh therapy,” find it’s possible to laugh without even experiencing a funny event. The same holds for smiling. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling.

Count your blessings. Literally make a list. The simple act of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humor and laughter. When in a state of sadness, we have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.

When you hear laughter, move toward it. Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group, but usually not. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it. When you hear laughter, seek it out and ask, “What’s funny?”

Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?”

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