Want an easy way to be healthier? It is simple; just laugh more. It may seem too good to be true, but laughing has a lot of health benefits, and it is actually quite enjoyable to do. Here are just some of the amazing health benefits of a good chuckle:
- Laughter increases blood flow by 22 percent. On the other hand, stress decreases blood flow by 35 percent.
- It can boost the immune system, and some researchers have found that it is more beneficial than relaxation techniques. Along with heightened immunity, laughter increases the number of activated virus-killing cells that occur naturally in your body.
- A good laugh can act similar to exercise, since laughing raises the heart rate, boosts circulation, and exercises and relaxes core muscles.
- If you are in pain, laughter can help you tolerate the pain better. Laughter helps activate the endorphin system, which means it can help with pain management.
- Mentally, laughter can help boost your mood and enhances mental functioning. Since laughing can also create social bonds, this is yet another way your mental health is benefitted.
- Chuckle it up because laughter is good for your lungs. It helps your lungs by improving respiration and increasing moist air throughout the lungs.
There are so many good reasons to laugh today. So the next time you are feeling down or know of someone who is sick, remember that laughter truly is the best medicine (although, it should not replace medicine or a trip to the doctor’s). Cheer yourself and others up with a funny movie or story. Haven’t had a good laugh for the day yet? Then hop onto Youtube and look up funny videos. What better way to boost your mood and diffuse a stressful day?
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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