Who doesn’t feel better after a little chuckle? Even better after a big belly laugh? What about when something is so funny you can barely breathe, and your eyes are streaming? Sounds bad, but it’s still good, right?
Well laughing might be better for you than you ever thought!
Side splitting laughter is a great abdominal workout! And much more enjoyable than 100 crunches! Having a good old chortle expands and contracts your core muscles giving them a great workout. Laughing also makes us feel relaxed in the rest of our bodies – so tight muscles get a chance for a rest!
Laughing reduces stress hormones, lowers blood pressure, and improves the function of our immune system. Lower blood pressure reduces our chances of having a stroke or a heart attack in later life, so it really is something to feel good about!
Special endorphins are released when we laugh, which are the body’s own natural painkillers. Endorphins can make us feel better about all sorts of things, and help us to have clear, focused minds. People who experience chronic pain can find their pain levels moderated by laughter.
So, it seems laughter really is the best medicine!