Do you find that the daily pressures of life cause you to become tense and make it difficult for you to relax? Does that at times contribute to a feeling of tiredness and depression?
If so, laughter may be an excellent medicine for you.
12 Proven Health Benefits of Laughter
1. Laughter relaxes a person
It relaxes a person, thereby lessening tension. The relaxed and jovial frame of mind associated with laughter can shield one from the bad effects of harmful emotions.
2. Helps you to cope with your problems.
Laughter helps you to maintain a cheerful disposition despite your problems. At that moment you seems to forget your problems.
3. It exercises the internal organs
The abdomen having no hollow spaces, the up-and-down movement of the diaphragm in laughter is said to affect the internal organs much like wholesome exercise.
4. Improves bowel movement
Since the internal organs will function better as a result of laughter, circulation and bowel movement will be improved. Solid wastes would be discharged more readily from the body.
5. Ward off diseases
When you laugh, the cells in your body is strengthened and encouraged to fight any diseases in your body.
6. It massages the heart
The heart is one of the vital organs thought to benefit from the massage it gets from laughter.
This would mean that laughter can assist the heart to accomplish it’s amazing task of pumping blood through about 100,000 miles of blood vessels.
7. It helps the body cells to function properly.
It is significant to note that laughter brings nourishment and oxygen to the body cells.
8. It lowers high blood pressure
Hearty laughter was found to lower high blood pressure or increase low blood pressure by ten or more points.
9. It keeps the liver in good shape
The largest and most important gland in the body, the liver, is likewise believed to benefit from hearty laughter.
The liver removes certain wastes and poisons from the blood. It transforms some sugar from the blood into glycogen. The glycogen is then stored in the liver and released as sugar at such time as it is needed in the blood.
The liver also stores vitamins and minerals, and both makes and stores such blood proteins as albumin, globulin and fibrinogen.
10. It improves digestion
The fact that laughter has been found to improve digestion evidently indicates that it increases the flow of bile. A bile is a substance manufactured by the liver. This fluid aids in the digestive process.
11. It massages the small intestine
Most of the digestive process takes place in the small intestine. Thus the small intestine also apparently benefits from the massaging it gets through laughter.
12. It massages the large intestine
Massaging of the large intestine through laughter is said to aid the large intestine to rid the body of fecal material.
A Balanced View
Laughter is, like every other function of the body, a mechanism that should be used enough but never too much.
Over exercise or overuse of any function of the human body is not conducive to it’s best development.
Excessive laughter can lead to vomiting. Laughter should be controlled when it is wholly inappropriate to the occasion.
Thoughtless laughter can grate on the ears of others. Rather than proving to be a source of encouragement, such laughter tends to discourage others.
Laugh when it is fitting to do so. But, even more importantly, cultivate a pleasant and joyful disposition.
This, rather than mere laughter’s sake, will make you a source of encouragement to others and will benefit you mentally, physically and emotionally.