#WellnessWeds: Do You Take Advantage of Laugh Therapy?

Who doesn’t love a good laugh? Laughing – especially a really good belly laugh – is one of my favorite things to do. I always feel refreshed and even a little taxed – in a good way – after a good laugh.

Laugh for Health

There are many reasons laughter is therapeutic. The New York Times published an article about a study with findings that show why laughter is so good for us. The study found:

  • The physical effect of laughing produces endorphins: chemicals in the brain that produce the “feel good” affect
  • Laughing increases pain resistance

Laughing also:

  • Promotes group bonding
  • Helps to relax us
  • Is contagious in a social setting
  • Brings human groups together

Emotional Well-Being

Laughing and humor help us stay emotionally healthy and has been linked to numerous other health benefits. Some include:

Physical:

  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases energy
  • Decreases stress and stress hormones
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Dissolves distressing emotions (you can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when laughing)
  • Humor shifts perspective (things don’t appear quite as serious with a sense of humor)

Social:

  • More spontaneous
  • Let go of defensiveness
  • Express true feelings

All of these benefits – just from laughing. That is so cool and amazing to me. Whatever makes you laugh: a TV show, your husband, wife, or kids, comics –  zone in on the subject and take advantage of free laugh therapy!

If you are looking for someone else to make you laugh, check out:

Also, read one of my previous blogs: 12 Reasons to Make Someone Laugh Today

What made you laugh this week?

Photo credit: Cindy Matthews

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  1. Hi Angela,

     

    I have a question for you regarding your blog. Please contact me
    when you get a chance.

     

    Thanks!

    Jackie

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