We all heard the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine.” However, few know that this is, in fact, a scientifically proven fact. A good sense of humour and sincere laughter are good for your physical, emotional and social health.
It is much cheaper than travelling to the doctor and works much better than any medicine. I will tell you more – it is completely free! So why not try?
Here are just a few reasons why laughing is useful:
1. Laughter is good for blood vessels.
Laughter causes an expansion of the tissue that forms the inner surface of blood vessels, increasing blood flow. Laughter can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Laughter improves emotional health.
Laughter releases dopamine, which increases the level of pleasure; serotonin, which improves mood; and endorphin, which regulates stress and causes euphoria. All this has a positive effect on our emotional health.
3. Laughter improves social relationships.
There is a hypothesis that laughter arose long before the appearance of human speech. Therefore, it is an important element in human relationships. A healthy sense of humour makes communication easy and enjoyable.
4. Laughter makes you more attractive.
Studies have shown that men with a good sense of humour are more attractive to women. In turn, men are more attracted to women who laugh at their jokes. Laughter makes you feel more comfortable in society. Also, a good sense of humour at the interview increases your chances of getting a job.
5. Laughter reduces stress and anxiety.
Humour helps us survive everyday difficulties. It mitigates the negative effects of stress on health and contributes to a positive attitude. It helps to see the positive side in adverse situations.
6. It strengthens the immune system.
Stressful situations in everyday life suppress the immune system, increasing the risk of infectious diseases and heart disease. A good sense of humour prevents negative effects on the immune system, protecting us from illness.
7. Laughter is good for the respiratory system.
Laughter is a quick and easy way to control breathing and cleaning the lungs. It leads to an increase in heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen consumption. Long laughter saves the lungs from residual air and replaces it with fresh, oxygen-rich air. In other words, laughter allows you to breathe more deeply, which improves the health of the respiratory system, especially for people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma.
Sincere, real laughter is very “contagious.” This is the only “disease” that you want to “hurt” as often as possible.