Everyone likes a good laugh!
It is the ultimate feel good, stress release. Children laugh around 15 times an hour where as adults it averages at 15 times a day. To be fair, life is usually a more serious endeavour for an adult. There are bills to pay, responsibilities and well, just surviving. I’m not saying that life is completely stress free for children, sadly many have very difficult lives. However, it seems that a good chuckle doesn’t come as easily for the grown-ups of this world; which is a shame because it is so good for us!
Did you know?
The saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ does have some scientific backing. It may not be the best medicine per se, but it definitely helps us stay healthy.
A good laugh reduces stress and physical tension. It can actually induce a relaxed state for 45 minutes.
Laughing is good for our immune systems. When our stress levels are reduced, our immunity strengthens.
Laughter releases endorphins – the happy chemicals. This feeling of happiness even dulls any physical pain.
It also helps in maintaining healthy blood flow and proper functioning of blood vessels. This helps in promoting good heart health and protects us against any heart diseases.
Laughter burns calories! Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes can burn nearly 40 calories. Do this every day and it equates to a 3-4lb loss over a year.
A study in Norway concluded that people with a high sense of humour live longer than those who didn’t laugh that much.
It reduces tension and anxiety. This can enhance our moods and improve resilience too.
Laughing is incredibly contagious.
Laughter together is one of the easiest ways to keep relationships healthy, exciting, and refreshing.
While our sense of humours may vary, the act of laughing with others is the ultimate form of connection. On a personal level, I know that when I have shared a belly laugh with someone that our relationship has reached a new level of intimacy. You know, the kind of hysteria that is so consuming it’s almost impossible to catch a breath. It is such an amazing feeling, one we could all do with more of!
“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” Thomas Mann
So, whether it’s cheesy jokes, a naughty stand up or funny videos of cats playing the piano. Anything that makes the corners of your mouth twitch – fill your boots with the stuff!