Laughter is the best medicine – it’s a natural way to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also improve your mood and socialize with others.
It helps not only your physical health, but also your mental and emotional well-being.Numerous studies have shown that laughter increases endorphins in the brain and at the same time reduces stress hormones.
The benefits of laughter include a better mood, increased immunity and improved cardiovascular health. It’s been found that laughter can be beneficial for a person’s health by lowering their heart rate, reducing muscle tension, promoting blood circulation, and improving their mood.
Researchers have conducted 4 studies conducted in order to find out the benefits of laughter. The first study revealed that laughter makes us more resilient to stress and pain, the second study showed that it increases our levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies to help our body fight infection, the third study found that it lowers blood pressure and increases cardiovascular output. And the fourth study demonstrated how laughing can impact our immune system by improving IgA levels.
It’s important to laugh as much as possible every day to feel better!
Funny Facts about Laughing
Here are 10 more staggering facts about laughing you never knew:
1 We tend to laugh more at jokes from familiar comedians. For instance, you will tend to laugh more at Kevin Hart’s jokes if you know him than if you do not.
2 Brain scans show that laughter is highly contagious.
3 You will burn 10-40 calories if you laugh 10-15 minutes a day. Laughing exercises the muscles on your face, stomach and diaphragm.
4 Your brain automatically tells the difference between real and fake laughter through the anterior medial prefrontal cortex.
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5 Couples that incorporate laughter and smiling while discussing touchy issues feel better and satisfied in their relationships.
6 You rarely can laugh at the middle of a sentence. Laughter naturally occurs at the end of sentences and during breaks in speeches.
7 We laugh 30 times more when talking to our friends as opposed to jokes or humor. In fact, a 10-minute chat has an average of 5.8 bouts of laughter.
8 Both genders regard laughter as more attractive than intelligence, education, career or sexual drive. We are also hardwired to rate a stranger higher if he laughs at our jokes.
9 Rats laugh when tickled. They also laugh when playing to demonstrate happiness and encourage bonding.
10 Watching people trying not to laugh in a situation where it’s highly inappropriate to do so will virtually make you laugh.
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Laughter Varies by Culture
People from different countries prefer different jokes. People from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand prefer jokes that include word plays. An example would be:
Q: What do you call a bear with no teeth? A: A gummy bear.
People from North America and Canada prefer jokes where there is a sense of superiority such as
Texan: “Where are you from?”
Harvard grad: “I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with prepositions.”
Texan: “Okay – where are you from, jackass?”
The Danish, French and Belgians love jokes that are surreal such as
If you shoot a mime, should you use a silencer?
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In summary, it’s important to laugh as much as possible every day to feel better!
How Laughing Affects Our Health (And Why Its The BEST MEDICINE)
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