Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughing, smiling and giggling – they all feel great. Did you know that having a good laugh can actually improve your health? Research shows that laughter reduces stress, anxiety and can boost your immune system as well as decrease pain and depression.


Have you noticed that children laugh a lot more than adults and their laughter is so much more real and genuine? If only, as adults we too laughed as much and often, don’t you think we would be a lot more healthy and worry-free? Laughter can strengthen your relationships, make you emotionally healthier and even add years to your life.

Today, on World Laughter Day let’s enumerate the various health benefits of laughter:

Laughing Relaxes Your Body: A good laugh can relax physical tension and stress and also relaxes your muscles. It lightens your burdens, inspires hope and keeps you focused and alert.

Laughter Releases Endorphins: Also known as ‘happy hormones’, endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. They act as natural pain killers and help relieve chronic along with giving a general ‘happy’ feeling.

Laughter reduces stress hormones: Anger, resentment and conflicts are the harbinger of stress. Laughter can diffuse anger and conflicts faster than anything else. Having the ability to laugh at yourself and looking at the funny side of every situation can help you move on without bitterness and resentment.

Laughter prevents Heart Disease: Laughter protects the heart by lowering the blood pressure and improving the blood flow and the function of the blood vessels. And in doing so, it protects you against heart disease.

Laughter helps you burn calories: Yes, it is true. Laughter can up your heart beat and helps your heart pump faster. When you laugh you burn similar amount of calories as when you walk at a slow pace. And what is even better is that laughing works your abs too. When you laugh your abdomen muscles move in the same way as they do while doing crunches.

Laughter boosts immunity: Laughing activates specialized immune system cells called T-cells which help fight bacteria and viruses. Thus a good laugh definitely helps strengthen your immune system. Research has shown that people who laugh more are healthier and fall sick less often.

Laughter enhances general health: Laughter can increase your overall sense of well being and even help you live longer. It has been observed that people who are optimistic ward off diseases better and faster than those who are more negative.

Nothing heals and rejuvenates you faster than communicating face-to-face with another person. Add laughter to that communication and you have a powerful medicine for stress, anxiety, pain, and conflict. Laughter reduces your burdens, heightens feelings of hopefulness, helps create a bond with others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving.

With so much power to heal and grow, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for dissolving problems and worries. It enhances your relationships, and gives you both physical and emotional health benefits.

Laugh on and be merry!

Physical Benefits of Laughter Emotional Benefits of Laughter Social Benefits
Boosts immunity Adds joy and enthusiasm to life Strengthens relationships
Lowers stress Eases anxiety and tension Enhances team work and group dynamics
Eases pain Relieves stress Improves work output among employees
Burns calories Improves mood and mental functioning
Prevents heart disease Builds Confidence
Resolves anger and conflicts



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