5 REASONS TO LAUGH MORE THIS YEAR
Someone once said, “Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life, but will surely add life to your years.” That is a quote that has stuck with me for over a decade, and a quote that I always turn to on the days when I don’t feel like laughing.
But the year is 2020, and although it seems like the world has so many things to deal with (what with the increase in hate and intolerance, climate change, etc.), sometimes, the only way to take a break away from it all… is to laugh.
- Laughter helps with the healthy function of blood vessels
When you laugh, the tissue that forms the inner lining of your blood vessels, dilate and expands. This act increases the blood flow in your body, which in turn, improves your body’s cardiovascular function. Why is this important? Because it helps to protect us from heart attack and lowers our risk of cardiovascular disease. So the next time a bunch of friends are going out to see a comedy? Join them!
- It reduces stress and anxiety hormones
Not only does laughter help reduce the production of cortisol by your body (cortisol as we all know, is the stress hormone), it also reduce endorphins, (those happy hormones that make the world so much brighter), which is instrumental in helping you feel less stressed, and less anxious. So when next you hear a good joke, even if you’re not feeling in the best of moods, allow yourself a good belly laugh. Your body would thank you for it.
- It relieves pain
Not only are the endorphins released during a good laughing session, essential for your mind feeling happy, but endorphins have also been known to help increase your pain threshold, which is a very useful thing to know if you’re about to go get a flu shot, or getting tattoos.
- Laughter strengthens your immune system
We’re about to enter the rainy season which means soon, everyone would be falling sick like clockwork. When that happens, wear warm clothing, stay hydrated, make yourself a hot cup of tea and play some comedy clips on your phone or computer. Research has shown that when you have a good belly laugh, you breathe diaphragmatically to help your body release air. What this means is that lymphatic fluid is pumped through your system, and lymph nodes have been known to filter out waste and trigger the production of white skin cells, which in turn kill infected cells, thereby giving your immune system a much needed boost.
- It relaxes your muscles
If you’ve ever finished your work day, feeling so tensed up, but can’t make it to a masseuse in time, search for a comedy clip on the internet and give yourself permission to laugh deeply and fully. This is because a good belly laugh has been known to help loosen any tension that might have built throughout the day. So give laughing a try. It’s one of the most cost effective ways to unwind and fully let go.