Laugh Your Way To Health!
What better time of year than the holidays to use the power of laughter as a natural aid to good health?! Spending time around family and friends means you can all benefit from the feel good factor that laughing brings. Playing games are a great source of bringing on the giggle factor, and the traditional wearing of funny hats, pulling crackers and corny jokes all contribute to a very merry time.
From a small giggle to an all-out, creased up, almost-agonizing howl, laughter provides us with a free (and fun) way to increase our health and wellbeing.
Here are 7 ways that laughter can boost health:
Boosts the immune system – laughing activates T-cells, which are your body’s natural fighters against illness.
Contributes to a healthy heart – laughing pumps blood around the body and burns calories at around the same rate as moderate walking – talk about an easy exercise option!!
Balances hormones – laughing reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and can help to raise serotonin – our happy hormone, resulting in a less stressed, more relaxed you.
Gives a great abdominal workout – laughing hard, as we all know, can give you seriously aching abs! Because the abdominal muscles contract and expand during a good old laughing session, this means that they are being worked in a similar way to crunches!
Lowers blood pressure – this is excellent news as lowering blood pressure lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
A natural pain relief – laughing releases endorphins much in the same way as exercise, which are our body’s natural source of pain relief, helping to ease chronic pain.
Increases your sense of wellbeing – laughter can help us have a positive outlook on life and help to combat the symptoms of depression. Studies have found that people who are positive tend to fight diseases better than those who are negative.
Laughter really is the best medicine – make sure you get your daily dose – and laugh your way to better health for 2017!!