Have you ever stopped to really think about how you feel after a good laugh? If you answered no, it may be something you should start paying attention to. Here’s why: Think long and hard, have you ever felt sad or angry after a good genuine laugh? I’m going to assume you answered no to that question. Laughter provokes feelings of happiness and joy, it can rejuvenate the soul. Not only is laughter good for your mental health, it is also good for your physical health!
Benefits of the giggles:
Like I said earlier, laughter provokes feelings of happiness and joy. There have been studies conducted on laughter and its link to reduced levels of sadness, depression, anger, and stress.
Laughter can also bring people together, and help them feel a sense of connectedness. A good joke, or witnessing something funny, can help give two people something in common and be a great icebreaker.
Laughter has been linked to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improved digestion, improved memory and alertness, and reduced pain.
Laughter helps us live in the present moment. Think back to a time when you were having a good laugh, you know…the ones that bring tears to your eyes and a bulging vein to your forehead, I bet that in that moment of laughter you weren’t thinking about anything else. I imagine your problems and stressors took a backseat, and you just enjoyed the moment of happiness.
Laughter burns calories. That’s right! Increasing daily laughter can equal the equivalent of 10 minutes on a rowing machine, or 200 calories. I don’t know about you, but I’d choose to laugh over row any day.
Laughter helps us stay a little out of control. As adults, sometimes we forget that life doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. Laughter helps us lighten up; it helps bring us back to a more child-like state when life was simpler.
So, now that the cats out of the bag, go laugh a little! Incorporate it into your daily routine. Watch Conan and laugh at the awkward jokes. Go to YouTube and watch funny videos. Retell funny stories with family members and friends. Go to a local comedy club. There are countless ways you can begin to incorporate laughter back into your life. Laughter is contagious, so the more you laugh the more others around you will laugh.