Do you know why laughter is good for you? Well, according to Lord Byron; “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” He was right.
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“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Facts about Laughter
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.
The study of laughter is known as, ‘gelotology’.
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!
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Why laughter is good for you.
1. Lower your blood pressure.
2. Reduce your stress hormone levels.
3. Give your abs a workout. When you laugh, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract; similar to when you intentionally exercise them.
4. Improve your cardiac health. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace.
5. Boost your T-cells, which are specialised immune system cells. Laughter activates them which helps you to fight off illnesses.
6. Help to relieve your pain by triggering the release of endorphins.
7. Produce a general sense of well-being. 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.
8. A Norwegian study carried out over 15 years; especially for women, showed that having a sense of humour lowered mortality rates.
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.
What makes you laugh? Or better still, do you have any jokes to share? Let me know in the comments, below.
“I have not seen anyone dying of laughter, but I know millions who are dying because they are not laughing.” Dr. Matan Kataria.
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