When was the last time you had a good laugh – not just a chuckle but a flat out belly-jiggling giggle fest? Has it been awhile? Then you might be missing out on some great health benefits!
Deep down inside, we know laughter is good for us on an emotional level. After all, it helps us ease tension, relax and let go, but laughter has physical health benefits, too! Science has shown that laughter can physically relax the muscles in your body for up to 45 minutes!
Laughter has also been proven to boost your immune system and increase the release of your body’s endorphins, the chemicals that make you feel good! So how can you boost the laughter quota in your life and reap all these healthy benefits? Try these ideas:
Be willing to laugh at yourself: Having a good sense of humor is all about a willingness to accept yourself. It’s better to have a good laugh at your situation than to have a good cry. Next time you feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed, take a step back and look at the situation as if it were taking place on a sitcom. Does it suddenly seem funnier? Perspective changes your viewpoint and makes it easier to laugh!
Share laughter with others: The easiest way to feel good is to make others feel good. Sharing laughter with others will put a smile on your face and help you reach outside of yourself. As you focus on others, your problems will seem smaller and easier to manage, and if they don’t, at the very least you will forget about them for just a little while!
Try laughter yoga: This is as simple as it sounds! You get together in a group and force one another to laugh; it soon turns into real genuine laughter. Once someone starts laughing, everyone does, and soon you’ll be rolling on the ground! Your abs will feel it after!