The expression “laughter is the best medicine” holds true. Laughter makes us feel good and relaxes us. The positivity it engenders makes us better able to problem solve and cope with stress. It wards off anxiety and depression and being primarily a social activity keeps us connected to other people when we might otherwise feel lonely or alienates,
Scientifically, regular laughter is proven to combat heart disease. The reasons cited include increased heart flow from relaxation of blood vessels, increased oxygen intake, increased white cell count and antibodies, physiological stress relief, production of endorphins that combat pain and the stretching of facial muscles. There is a proven correlation between laughter and the beneficial effect of a mild workout.
In our interpersonal relationships, laughter creates bonds. Laugh and the world laughs with you. In mating, laughter is a critical indicator of a healthy relationship. Unfortunately, as we age the laughter often goes out of a relationship.
• Incorporate laughter into your daily anti-aging routine by watching a funny video or reading an amusing book.
• Go to a comedy show with your partner or friends.
• Seek out amusing company.
• See the funny side of life and don’t take yourself too seriously.
We’ve often heard it said that laughter is “the best medicine".But could it literally be true? Steve Wilson, M.A., CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist says, “I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off. They might be healthier, too“.
Here are some of the ways laughter can benefit you mentally, socially and physically.