Ha! Ha! Ha! If you keep laughing like that, you just might find yourself getting … healthier!
If you enjoy laughing and find as many occasions as possible throughout the run of a day to be jolly then you will be filled with glee to know that this can lend itself to a happier and healthier human being.
Laughter is good in so many ways but studies have shown that as adults we simply do not do enough of it. If you have children then you probably have noticed that they giggle about everything from a spilled glass of milk to a funny cartoon character on television to something their best friend said to how mommy put their shirt on inside out when they were getting dressed in the morning.
Children know how to laugh and enjoy life and it shows. Research has shown that despite our maturity and (hopefully!) wisdom from our life experience, adults could learn a thing or two from the younger set. The average child laughs as many as 400 times a day. 400 times! On the other hand, the average adult- wait for it- laughs only an estimated 15 times on a given day, or in some cases, less.
Can you believe it?!
Did you think that adults would rate higher on the laughter scale? As we age we become bogged down with the business of work and responsibilities and an array of details. What this means is that the lighter and more humorous side of life is often lost to us. We practice being serious until it becomes an art form. We are afraid that we will not be taken seriously if we don’t appear as such. People who laugh too much are often perceived as not being on the same plain of life (and sanity!) as the rest of us.
Know what I mean?
The thing is that laughter has so many benefits. In brief, these benefits include:
• Lowers blood pressure
• Exercises the heart (which is why it is sometimes called “an internal jog”)
• Provides a workout for the diaphragm (which is cleansing for the lungs)
• Improves the work of the immune system
• Reduces the level of hormones that cause stress
• Controls as well as reduces pain in the body
• Relaxes the muscles throughout the body
Have you ever noticed how you feel after a hearty laugh? It feels good, doesn’t it? That is another benefit of laughter therapy. There is an emotional and physical release from it that does every part of you good. Your skin will be a little pinker than it was before but it will glow with life and your eyes will be bright and shiny. So go ahead- laugh as often as possible because it is a form of therapy that is most enjoyable and entertaining!