“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” Lord Byron
“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Like most people, I love a laugh!
To me, it’s a simple pleasure in life. There’s nothing better than laughing with others. I love the spontaneity; when I’m not expecting to find something funny but I did!
There’s nothing better than crying because I’ve been laughing so much.
I’m grateful to everyone who has made me or continues to make me laugh.
Did you know that laughter has been proved to be contagious by research carried out in Sweden?
It is thought that the modern day “ha-ha” could have evolved as a form of communication. Our primate ancestors used a similar sound to reassure one another that their rough and tumble play, was only playing and not a form of attack.
Most laughter is not about humour, it’s about relationships between people. We are 30 times more likely to laugh in a social situation than we are alone.
It’s estimated that an adult laughs between 15 to 20 times a day. 10 to 15 minutes of daily laughing can burn 10 to 40 calories.
Laughing is a great workout for our faces because when we laugh we move 12 facial muscles. However, when we talk and laugh at the same time, we move 84!!
In groups, women laugh more than men. Women also laugh more at men than men laugh at women. Hmm….. We’ll leave it there shall we!
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Reduces stress hormone levels.
- Gives our abs a workout. When we laugh, the muscles in our stomachs expand and contract; similar to when we intentionally exercise them.
- Improves cardiac health. It gets the heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace.
- Boosts T-cells, which are specialized immune system cells. Laughter activates them which helps us to fight off illnesses.
- Helps to relieve pain by triggering the release of endorphins.
- Produces a general sense of wellbeing. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative.
I’m going to finish this post with the following quote.
“I have not seen anyone dying of laughter, but I know millions who are dying because they are not laughing.” Dr. Madan Kataria
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