Laughter as a Healing Tool
You may be tired by how often you hear laughter being described as the best medicine, but in reality, there’s more to this age-old adage than being a mere saying.
Really, laughter is the best medicine. Aside from lifting one’s mood, laughter provides a long list of physical, mental, and social benefits that are good for your health in general.
Read on below and you will find the many benefits of laughter.
Boosts the immune system. When you are filled with negative thoughts, it can bring about more stress that may manifest into physical symptoms. On the other hand, laughter can activate your body’s T cells, a type of white blood cell that improves your body’s resistance to diseases.
Alleviates pain. When you laugh, you trigger your body to release endorphins, neuropeptides which act as your natural painkillers. Additionally, laughing helps control spasm-induced pain associated with many muscle disorders.
Stimulates your organ muscles. A good and hearty laugh is effective in stimulating and exercising your major organ muscles. For one, laughter can keep your heart pumping, thereby increasing blood flow and burning some calories that can protect you from other cardiovascular diseases. A good laugh can also help expand the lungs and improve oxygen inhalation.
Relaxes your muscles. Whenever stress gets the best of you, your muscles contract and tighten, which may impede with a healthy circulation. On the other hand, when you laugh, stress and tension are reduced, the whole body relaxes, and you feel an overall sense of well-being.
Improves mood. When you laugh, you feel good overall, which stays even after you’re done laughing. You just can’t feel sad, angry, or anxious when you laugh. It can help you fight depression, anxiety, and other chronic illnesses that may stem from these mood disorders.
Reduces stress levels. Laughter can reduce the levels of stress hormones produced by the body. Stress relief can provide a long term benefit for one’s immune system, and can protect you from chronic illnesses.
Increases productivity. Laughter can help you achieve a different and positive perspective in life. It helps you become productive and cope up accordingly even during the most difficult situations.
Promotes self-satisfaction. Finding the time to laugh can help you see a different view of yourself. It gives you a whole new source of meaning and purpose in life that you won’t be able to find when you wallow in self-pity and sadness.
Dissolves conflict. Laughter can help ease the tension among families, friends, colleagues, and even partners. It helps save and strengthen relationships by working on issues with a calm and light attitude.
Promotes bonding. Perhaps the best gift you can ever give to yourself and to others is your contagious laughter. Laughter alone is good, but shared laughter is even better. You’ll find that it is easier to work with people and establish relationships when you share your smile with them.
Helps you become attractive. Nothing else is more attractive to the eyes of another person than someone who has a happy and pleasant attitude. You may think that serious, brooding, and stern individuals are more worthy to be with. While some aspects in life should be taken seriously, being with people who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders all the time is never fun.
It may be hard to laugh when there’s nothing to laugh at, but begin with a smile. When you find yourself in a difficult situation, try to look at the brighter side of things instead of focusing on the negative aspects. Learn to count your blessings, laugh at your mistakes, and spend time with happy people who can easily bring out your inner sense of humor.