Laughter is the kind of medicine you can pass around to anyone in the same room, even if they don’t get the joke.
You’ll stress less when you laugh.
When you laugh your muscles contract, increasing blood flow and oxygenation throughout your body. This stimulates the heart and lungs and triggers the release of endorphins that help you to feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally. So when you’re stressed, have a laugh.
Laughter boosts your immunity.
Laughter is linked to your lymphatic system – the cleaning crew that is the backbone of your immune system. The lymphatic system is capable of being manually moved and Biophysical studies have shown that belly laughter creates strong enough pressure to increase the speed and flow of your lymphatic system up to 10-15 times its normal rate.
Laughter lets you shake it off.
Resilience, or shaking it off, is the ability to appreciate your mistakes as an opportunity to learn. Don’t get angry or upset when something negative happens – just laugh and everything will feel alright.
Laughter strengthens your psychological health
Every time you smile the brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy. It goes both ways. Force yourself to laugh, and your brain will release a joy cocktail of hormones, dopamine and neuropeptides as a result. And you’ll immediately start to feel better. So start cheering yourself up by laughing your worries away.
OK you won’t be entirely numbed from pain just by laughing a lot, but you will be able to tolerate pain better. The same cocktail of endorphins that helps you fight depression, well, those help you manage the pain tolerance too.
And you know what, laughter is totally free, and you can never take too much. So go ahead and laugh today.