We all know the phrase, laughter is the best medicine, and in fact it really is! That tummy jiggling, shoulder shaking, gaspy-breathed affair that comes to us in times of mirth, is a powerful tonic for better health.
Here we take a look at why a good old belly laugh is so beneficial in so many ways.
It's impossible to feel depressed when you are genuinely laughing. It's also hard to feel down when you see someone else in stitches too. The physical act of laughing releases the feel good chemicals, endorphins, into the body and reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Releases pent-up emotion
Who hasn't been in a situation where they didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. Both these reactions are a powerful way for the body to release emotional baggage. Sometimes, however, it's worth actually trying to make yourself laugh. As with anything, practice makes perfect so fake it till you make it!
Improves your immune system
Laughing actually helps to physically pump your lymphatic system around, which in turn promotes more effective detoxifying of the body. Laughter also boosts white blood cells and infection fighting anti-bodies which gives you better protection from disease.
Helps you live longer
Through engaging in activities and spending time with people who make you laugh, it has been proven that you actually increase your life expectancy. This is because laughter is linked to higher levels of DHEA, which has an anti-ageing affect on the body. Time to book a comedy night with the funniest person you know!
This applies not only to romantic relationships, but to all connections; be it friends, family or work colleagues. Enjoying a joke with people, or engaging in lighthearted banter with those around you will instantly inject positivity into the atmosphere. Not only does this benefit your own health, but it's also good for everyone else too!