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Laughter is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it brings people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

 

 

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

Laughter is a powerful remedy to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health (1).

How is Laughter Good for Health?

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphram and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg and back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones - such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Defend against respiratory infections, even reducing the frequency of colds
  • Increase memory and learning
  • Improve alertness, creativity, and memory (2)

Laughter and Humour help you stay emotionally healthy

Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humour helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

More than just respite from sadness and pain, laughter can give you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh-or even a smile can go a long way towards helping you feel better (1).  

The link between mental health and laughter

  • Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. Your can't feel anxous, angry or sad when you are laughing
  • Laughing helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  • Humour shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

The social benefits of humour and laughter

Humour and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment (1).

Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone

How do you go about creating opportunities for Humour & Laughter? Click Here for some ideas 

 

 

1. Helpguide.org, http://helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.html

2. Kornblatt, S (2009) A better brain at any age: The holistic way to improve your memory, reduce stress and sharpen your wits, Conari Press

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