How Laughter is Good for Health
We’re thirty times more likely to laugh when we’re with other people than when we’re alone.
Eases Anxiety and Fear
Laughter brings the focus away from negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other distractions.
Prevents Heart Disease
One researcher claims it takes I0 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.
Facial muscles are toned & increase of blood supply to the face nourishes the skin, giving it a healthy glow.
Lower Stress Hormones
Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine & growth hormone.
Strengthens Immune System
Laughter increases immune cells & infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving resistance to disease.
10 – 15 minutes of laughter burns 5O calories.
Reduces Food Cravings
Laughter increases the secretion of endorphins, which can help reduce cravings for comfort foods.
Humor triggers positive feelings & fosters an emotional connection which creates a positive bond with each other.
Provides a physical and Emotional Release
Shared laughter adds joy, vitality, & resilience. Humor is an effective way to heal resentments, hurts, & disagreements.
Known to Lower Blood Sugar Levels
One study shows people with diabetes had lower blood sugar levels after eating a meal & watching a comedy compared to a tedious lecture.
Attracts Others to Us
Laughter connects us with others and is contagious.
Helps Defuse Conflicts
Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations less threatening.