“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” — Jean Houston
Do you have any idea how good laughter is for you? Increasingly, science is finding that laughter is a natural balm. It can actually induce changes in your body, according to the Mayo Clinic, which says laughter has these physical benefits:
It stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles because of the intake of oxygen-rich air, and increases your brain’s release of endorphins.
It fires up and then relieves your stress response, which results in a good, relaxed feeling.
It soothes tensionby stimulating circulation and aiding muscle relaxation.
But as great as the physical benefits are, laughter also is good for our mental health and social connections. It’s hard to feel sad, angry or anxious when you’re laughing. Have you ever noticed how a good laugh sticks with you, brightening the rest of the day?
Some people believe that laughter gives them more strength and courage to deal with difficult circumstances, and I don’t doubt that’s true. Perhaps the fact laughter is a stress reducer is one reason it gives us energy and focus for the challenges that lie ahead.
Humor and laughter are great for connecting us to other people because they trigger positive feelings that open the door for communication. When connected via laughter, it’s hard to let stress, disagreements and disappointments ruin our relationships. Laughing more helps you be less defensive, more spontaneous and perhaps even more honest with your loved ones, friends and co-workers. So have a good laugh today. It will do you good!
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