What could be more contagious than the annual flu or cold? Well, laughter of course! Humor is infectious and has the power of connecting those around us. Some would even go as far as saying laughter is the best medicine! But did you know there is some truth to this saying? According to helpguide.org, laughter:
- Relaxes the body and eases stress.
- Boosts the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.
- Releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
- Protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
Laughter actually causes physical change in your body – it stimulates many organs, including the heart, lungs, and muscles. It can also stimulate circulation and aid in muscle relaxation, which can both help reduce physical symptoms of stress.
Make laughter and happiness a priority in your life. Take the time to watch a funny movie, read a humorous book, or listen to your favorite comedian, and most importantly-share your laughter with others! Laughter is never depleted when it is shared. Always remember to find balance and joy with every experience life gives you. Even though laughter may not add years to your life, it will most certainly add life to your years.