Updated: May 13, 2019

Our family has always been the type to find humor in anything. Don't get me wrong, we don't laugh our heads off at inappropriate times, but we do try to find something funny in many situations. It might not be for everyone but it sure works for us. So I loved the below article that talks about how much laughing actually helps your body.

Evidence is building that laughing actually prompts short-term physical changes for the better in our bodies, and it:

· Reduces your stress response, releases feel-good hormones such as endorphins and boosts your heart rate.

· Increases the amount of oxygen-rich air you take in and stimulates circulation, which is good for your heart, lungs and muscles.

· Relieves tension. Changes resulting from laughing will make you feel better and more relaxed.

As a bonus, laughter also has some long-term benefits for you. It:

· Enhances your mood beyond the short term and helps manage depression.

· Reduces anxiety.

· Increases blood flow in your body. That helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems and improves brain function.

· Boosts your immune system. Stress can prompt chemical reactions in the body that can reduce your natural immunity. Laughing counteracts negative thoughts by releasing neuropeptides that help fight stress and reduce risks for diseases.

Want to bring more laughter into your life? Here are some quick tips:

· Put up a few photos, comics or greeting cards that make you happy. Post them where you do your work and around your home.

· Visit the library and check out a funny book, movie or comedy album.

· Visit online comedy/joke websites you like.

· Go with friends to a comedy club.

· Try laughter yoga. It’s premeditated laughing while doing yoga. Even thinking about this approach to yoga might make you laugh!

· Laugh about situations you find yourself in. The more often you laugh, the more natural it will become.

I have always gravitated toward witty people and I have always felt better around people like that. Do you need to be surrounded by more people like this as well?

Source: Advocate Health News by Janet Schirtzinger


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