Laughing until you cry with a great friend, having a giggle over the latest sit-com on TV, or chuckling over a shared story with colleagues all feels great. Sometimes there is nothing like a good laugh to pick up your spirits.
There is so much to love about laughter that it seems greedy to want more, but do so and you’ll reap some amazing health benefits. Feel good, look great and reduce your risk of illness, all by sharing a good laugh with friends? Yes please!
Reduce stress levels
You benefit from reducing the level of stress hormones your body produces because hormone-level reduction simultaneously cuts the anxiety and stress impacting your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones in your body may result in higher immune system performance.
Lower your blood pressure
People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks. So start reminiscing about those funny moments gone by!
Improve heart health
Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.
Work your abs
When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your daily ab routine.
Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.
Boost T cells
T cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off illnesses such as colds.
Enjoy a sense of well-being
Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh and live longer!