Beyond the fact that laughter is contagious and it has the power to make an entire room of people happy and feeling better, laughter also has some “healing powers”. Laughter is good for your mental health, emotional well-being and overall health of your body. Some of laughter’s health benefits include:
Laughter enhances the body’s immune system: Laughter’s said to reduce stress hormones. This is because the reduction in hormone level in your body brings about lower stress and anxiety in the body. This may also result in an improved immune system making you less susceptible to diseases and infections.
It brings about body relaxation: When from the heart is capable of relieving stress, tension and anxiety. Some people say it’s like a mild form of exercise, this may be due to the fact that laughter is a form of relaxing facial muscles. Laughter’s also an anti-aging agent, because as you laugh, there’s an increase in blood supply across your face, this serves as a form of nourishment to the skin around the face.
It may also be very useful in improving voice quality: Again when you laugh, your lungs have increased capacity and it also serves as a form of exercise of the abdominal muscles, and a mild work-out for the diaphragm.
It also makes you feel good: Laughter brings about Endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals and it can act as a big mood-booster. These endorphins are also natural pain-killers, hence laughter may help even in relieving pain.
It’s good for heart-health: As already stated, laughter helps increase blood flow and also enhances the functioning of blood vessels across the body. This serves to protect against heart diseases.
It also helps improve inter-personal relationships. It reduces tension at work, home. Laughter attracts people to us, everybody wants to be around humorous people. It can even help diffuse conflicts among people, especially in the busy cities, where everyone is on the fast lane, laughter can help convert a potential fight to a mere joke.
It’s good for overall health maintenance. It is said to reduce blood pressure, has a cleansing effect on the lungs, among others.