• Joelene Lemke

Just Laugh - Laughter Helps in More Ways Than You Can Imagine


Laughter is the best medicine. What are the benefits of laughing? Here are 10 other reasons why laughter is great for you.

Have you ever found yourself in a stressful situation, and just began to laugh?

I have.

I have even forced myself to fake laugh until the real laughter came. I know it might seem like a cliché, but sometimes laughter is truly the best medicine.

So go ahead and break into that smile and laugh! Share a moment with others, and don’t be afraid to laugh your heart out. Not only is sharing a good laugh fun and exciting, but it can also do wonders for nearly every aspect of your being, including your mind, body, and spirit.

And before you think I am cuckoo, here’s not just one but 10 impressive benefits of laughing.

1) Laugh - It Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

It’s no hearsay - recent research has shown that individuals who laugh regularly have a lower risk of hypertension. More so, they have lower blood pressure than regular folks. Interestingly, laughter does jerk up your blood pressure momentarily before lowering it below normal. So, watch a funny movie or consider a tickle fest with your little one; they are amazing for your blood pressure!


(2) Laugh - It Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Living a life riddled with anxiety and stress can certainly take a toll on your mind and body. Luckily, laughter can help. Studies have shown that laughing can significantly reduce the level of stress hormones like cortisol.


(3) Laugh - It’s Great for Your Mood

Mood swings can put a huge damper on your day. So, laugh a little. It’ll ramp up the levels of “feel-good” hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. This, in turn, can uplift your mood.


(4) Laugh - It’s Good for your Heart’s Health

That’s right. Laughter gets your heart ticking. In fact, it helps you burn as many calories as walking at a slow pace. I don’t know about you, but anything that’s even slightly good for my heart, I am game for it.


(5) Laugh - It Can do Wonders for your Immunity

It’s been scientifically proven that laughing on a regular basis can boost your immune (T) cells and disease-fighting antibodies, on top of decreasing harmful stress hormones. This can help you fight off illnesses better, and stay healthy.


(6) Laugh - It’s a Great Pain Reliever

It’s no secret that over-the-counter and prescription pain relief drugs do have side effects and can be addictive. Thankfully, laughter can help you alleviate pain without any of that.


(7) Laugh - It Adds Pizzazz and Joy to your Life

You don’t need to be reminded that people who laugh are fun and joy to be with. So, share a good laugh with your friends, it’s great for your social life.


(8) Laugh - It Promotes Bonding

If you don’t have a great relationship with your sibling, kid or parents, laughter can help break the ice and bring you closer.


(9) Laugh - It Relaxes your Muscles

Is there anything that feels better than relaxing?


(10) Live Longer

Doctors have discovered that people who have a positive attitude have a better sense of well-being and tend to live longer.


Need I say more? So, break into a smile, laugh, and enjoy a healthier, happier life! What’s your reason to laugh today?

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