There’s nothing I love more than that deep belly laugh, the one that creates a stitch in your side and brings tears to your eyes. As children we laughed often, but as an adult life somehow becomes a lot more serious. In fact, is is even said that children laugh 200-400 times per day, while adults tend to laugh only about 15 times per day. As adults we seem to lose this sense of fun and lightheartedness. How can we become more child like? Laughing brings us closer to friends, lightens our mood, and has some pretty good health benefits as well.
“Everybody laughs the same in every language, because laughter is a universal connection.”~ Yokov smirnoff
Stimulates your organs
- Laughter increasing your intake of oxygen. This extra intake of oxygen stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles. Amping up the number of endorphins released by your brain.
Decreases your stress response
- Laughing decreases heart rate and blood pressure. Leaving you more relaxed.
- Laughter stimulates circulation aiding in muscle relaxation.
Boosts your immune system
- Laughter decreases your stress hormones, increases infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells, boosting up your resistance to disease.
So, go see a standup comedian, crack a joke, pull a prank, or watch a funny movie. Find a way to bring back the humor in life. And best of all laughter is the world’s free medicine.