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Laugh your way to a healthier, happier you

laughterhealth guideHealth & Wellness • 2 min read • Aug 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM • Written by: Brad Ranks

Did you know that laughing for 15 minutes burns over 50 calories?

Laugh your way to a healthier, happier you
Why did the bee see the doctor?… Because she had hives!

That might not be my best one-liner, but a good joke really can be beneficial to your health. A healthy dose of humor reduces stress and can leave you feeling optimistic and upbeat. While joking around with friends has the added benefit of helping you to build and sustain good relationships (even if your jokes are groan-worthy at times!)

Laugh your Worries Away

When you laugh, endorphins are released into the body, which have all kinds of good side-effects that will leave you feeling great. Plus, humor decreases anxiety, sadness, and anger; it is a key ingredient to staying cheerful and lively.

This easy and lighthearted “activity” strengthens the immune system and improves resistance to disease by increasing immune cells and infection fighting antibodies. Along with keeping you healthy, laughter stimulates circulation in the body. It increases blood pressure to your heart, lungs and muscles making you feel invigorated and energetic. When you smile and laugh you utilize muscles in the face, stomach and diaphragm, which helps stretch and relax the body, relieving pain and tension.

Enjoy the feeling of giggling until your sides ache and smiling until your mouth hurts. With this simple action you will feel up for anything; humor can make an entire room light up with chuckles and sounds of happiness. While it may not be a proven fact, it is clear that laughter is a vital part of the everyday. Levity, frivolity, and mirth are the building blocks of a healthy and joyful life.

Health Benefits of Laughter

  • Laughter stretches the muscles in your face and body
  • Stimulates circulation – heart, lungs and muscles
  • Improves your mood
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces or dulls pain
  • Reduces stress
  • Relaxes the body – relieves physical tension
  • Triggers the release of endorphins
  • Improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Reduces conflict
  • Promotes bonding
  • Lowers blood sugar levels

How to Incorporate Humor into your Life

  • Be spontaneous
  • Let go of judgments
  • Release your inhibitions
  • Express yourself
  • Smile
  • Spend time with friends
  • Spread a joke
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously – laugh at yourself
  • Look for the good in bad situations
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Surround yourself with fun, playful things

Laughter is a contagious antidote to any of life’s problems, hearing someone else laugh will make you laugh too. So explore your silly side with some giggles.

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Brad Ranks