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Anonymous asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 9 years ago

how healthy is a good laugh?

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    Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

    With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

    Laughter is good for your health

    Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

    Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

    Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

    Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.The Benefits of Laughter

    Physical Health Benefits:

    Boosts immunity

    Lowers stress hormones

    Decreases pain

    Relaxes your muscles

    Prevents heart disease

    Mental Health Benefits:

    Adds joy and zest to life

    Eases anxiety and fear

    Relieves stress

    Improves mood

    Enhances resilience

    Social Benefits:

    Strengthens relationships

    Attracts others to us

    Enhances teamwork

    Helps defuse conflict

    Promotes group bonding

    Laughter and humor help you stay emotionally healthy

    Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

    More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious—just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in on the fun.

    The link between laughter and mental health

    Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

    Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.

    Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

    The social benefits of humor and laughter

    Humor and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment.

    Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone

    Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter and play adds joy, vitality, and resilience. And humor is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

    Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:

    Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.

    Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.

    Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.

    Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.

    Laughter and Relationships

    Mutual laughter and play are an essential component of strong, healthy relationships. By making a conscious effort to incorporate more humor and play into your daily interactions, you can improve the quality of your love relationships— as well as your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends.

    Read: Playful Communication in Relationships: The Power of Laughter, Humor, and Play

    Bringing more humor and laughter into your life

    Anyone can join the laughter movement. All it takes is a willingness to risk some loss of control. The timid may start with a few shy giggles. The courageous may jump in with deep belly laughter. A sense of humor is not required. There’s more than enough stress to go around and absurdity abounds in our daily lives. All we have to do is believe, let go, clap our hands and laughter will live again. So will we. Laughter is feeling deeply which allows us to live fully.

    Source: We Need to Laugh More, Enda Junkins, LMFT.

    Laughter is your birthright, a natural part

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    9 years ago

    The second answer is incredible, and I'm sure that Hunter Adams M.D. (aka "Patch) would give him the clown nose award.

    http://www.patchadams.org/

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  • 9 years ago

    If you belly laugh enough you can get abs!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    very healthy :P

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