Remember when you were a child, laughing came so easily. The average child laughs 300 to 500 times a day. While, the average adult laughs 15 times a day. What happened there? As a child you couldn’t wait to be an adult. Now, you are and life may seem a little stale.
When children laugh, they usually have a good belly laugh. Even when adults laugh, they aren’t always using their stomach muscles. Now, ask yourself when was the last time you had a good belly laugh? One where you just couldn’t stop laughing. Laughing just makes you feel good. It’s better than medicine.
Here are 3 reasons laughter is the best medicine:
- It helps activate and relieve your stress response. A good belly laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response. It also increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result is a good, relaxed feeling.
- Stimulates many organs. Laughter stimulates your lungs, heart and muscles. It also increases the endorphins that are released to your brain. You can’t beat an endorphin high. It also enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air.
- Soothe tension. Laughter helps stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation. This can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Laughter isn’t just a quick fix, it’s also good for the long haul. Here are 2 long-term benefits:
- Helps relieve pain. Laughing can actually help your body produce it’s own natural painkillers. And, it doesn’t leave you with a hangover or an addiction.
- Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts will only bring you down. They manifest into chemical reactions that can impact your body by bringing more stress into your system, and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts can change this. They release neuropeptides, which help fight stress and possibly a more serious illness.
Laughter really is the best medicine. I want you to add more laughter into your day. I challenge you for the next seven days. Start your day with a good laugh. Watch a funny YouTube video or laugh with your partner. Share a funny story with a friend. I want you to look for opportunities to laugh. Make sure you end the day laughing. Whether you are watching a comedy or laughing with a friend. Just make sure you laugh. This will help reduce stress in your life and begin to change the wiring in your brain.
Lianne Avila is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA. She has helped many people reduce stress by adding laughter to their life. For a free phone consultation or more information, please call or email (650) 892-0357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.