Have you had a good laugh lately? Believe it or not, your good health depends on it. You need to laugh more often, considering how negative and stressful the world is today. Turn on the TV or read the newspaper on any given day and you will be inundated with stories of global strife, poverty, and violence. Seeing all of this on a regular basis will naturally cause more stress, which is damaging to the nervous system and other bodily systems. Add to that the strain of daily living, and you’ve got quite a problem that, left unchecked, can create a lot more anxiety and panic.
The daily rigors of life – work, family, errands, housework, on and on and on – can run a person down. What can give you relief? A good hearty laugh will do the trick. Doctors and scientists are becoming more aware of the health benefits of laughter to your health and vitality. In today’s busy world having a good laugh is more important than ever. It strengthens the immune system, which helps fight against germs and viruses. Illnesses, if caught, are shorter in duration. Laughing actually can keep the doctor away!
Medical professionals are in agreement that you should try to laugh on a regular basis. Experiments have shown that laughing actually widens the blood vessels, which increases blood flow thus improving circulation. Laughing regularly can therefore decrease the threat of heart attacks and strokes. Not to mention, laughing makes you feel good. It releases powerful brain chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are natural compounds that decrease physical and mental pain with a morphine-like effect on the body.
If you are currently going through a state of fatigue or depression, laughing may be the best answer. Caffeine may give you a quick boost, but it is only temporary and not good for your overall health and well-being. A much healthier solution is laughing, something we are not apt to do if feeling down or exhausted. Laughing increases a feeling of positivity and naturally boosts your energy levels.
For these reasons, get out there and laugh more! Put on a funny movie, tell some jokes, go to a comedy show, or simply spend time with some good friends. The other fantastic option is laughter therapy which is becoming a great option for people who need a crowd to laugh with. Laugh often and well – your well-being will be more positive and your life will be richer as a result.