The positive benefits of laughter
There are many other additional benefits of laughter. A good hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving our muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter increases then decreases our heart rate and blood pressure, stimulates circulation and aids muscles relaxation. It has also been said that laughter can boost the immune system – as negative thoughts can manifest into chemical reactions that can affect our body by bringing more stress into our system and decreasing immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts can release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses. Furthermore, it has been proven that laughter can ease pain. Research has shown that watching comedy videos can decrease a hospital patients need for opioid painkillers. Viewing or participating in comedy led to higher pain tolerance and people who laughed more felt less pain later. By surrounding yourself with like-minded and good fun people, their natural joy can rub off on you and it has been proven that embracing the powerful natural medicine of laughter can make our bodies and mind healthier and more relaxed.
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