It is good for you to laugh, alone or with a good friend, a stranger or family. This is because
Laughter draws you closer to others
It is contagious. Meaning you are many times more likely to laugh around other people than when you’re alone. And the more laughter you bring into your own life, the happier you and those around you will feel.
And everyone knows sharing humor is half the fun because most laughter doesn’t come from hearing jokes, but rather simply from spending time with friends and family. And it’s this social aspect that plays such an important role in the health benefits of laughter.
So you, yes you…can’t enjoy a laugh with other people unless you take the time to really engage with them. Which means if you care about them enough, you will subscribe to our posts and switch off your phone and really connect face to face to the person in front of you.
Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more playful manner. And the angry communication is thrown out the window and the once threatening situation is seen in a humorous perspective and a positive bond is created.
This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, disappointment, resentments, judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
Is good for intimacy
Have you noticed that when you laugh you are more likely to touch someone? This is because humor gets you out of your own way. And lets you go on and be you. Fresh and exciting and sharing. Releasing inhibition and allowing you to be free and not hold back.
And when the room is filled with laughter, joy enters. And your true, real true you not the angry you expresses true feelings. Deep emotions that would never have surfaced were you angry.
Is good for your physical and mental health
You laughter will decrease stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. That good heartfelt belly laugh increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Also, laughing for a few minutes a day can burn calories, which is always good overall but mainly will trigger and release endorphins.
Endorphins are a scientific way of saying what your body is giving you is good. It is a natural feel-good chemical. That will give you an overall sense of well-being and relaxation throughout your whole body. Relieving physical tension and stress, leaving you happy and relaxed many minutes after.
Adds joy and zest to life
Laughter will make you feel good. And this positive feeling remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss. More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, will help you relax and recharge. And will reduce stress.
So, please don’t go a day without laughing.