September 30, 2011

The Art of Laughter

Filed under: laughter — Tags: , — Kcondon @ 5:10 pm

If there is one thing we can’t get enough of in our lives it would be laughter. You know, the stomach scrunching, face hurting, knee bending, hurts-but-can’t-stop fits that once started become almost impossible to stop. Believe it or not, these infectious bouts of laughter are good for you in a number of ways.

When you hear laughter you should gravitate towards it. If people may start to think of you as creepy for suddenly joining their conversation, you can always show them this blog to save your reputation. Most of the time, people are more than willing to share funny experiences as it gives them a chance to relive the laughter. Laughing, and spending time with positive people tends to brighten ones outlook on life. Not only do the mental benefits of laughter include the ease of anxiety and fear, laughter also alleviates feelings of stress, and evokes positive feelings and moods. Laughter is good to have in all relationships as it increases bonding, promotes intimacy, helps eliminate feelings of tension and works to reduce anxiety.

Physically, laughter exercises parts of the body as well. The diaphragm, respiratory, abdominal, back, legs, and facial muscles are all exerted during a fit of giggles. Laughter works the blood vessels as it increases blood flow thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular complications. Even the immune system experiences a boost after a bout of laughter as immune cell productivity, and immunoglobulin levels increase. Laughter also shields us from the effects of stress and decreases the levels of stress hormones. After laughing, you may feel more relaxed as laughter provides a physical and emotional release.

It is said that a typical child laughs 300 times a day whereas an adult laughs less than twenty. How to find more to laugh about? Movies, television, and humorous literature are known to stir up some laughs time to time. Spending more time with your friends and going out to create more funny memories can also help. Comedy clubs not only add laughter to your life, they allow you to bring you friends with you too! Whenever you are facing a tough problem or are in difficult point in your life try to find humor in your situation, although irony is usually more apparent. Having thoughts as “In the future, this would be a great story to tell” or “My kid will never take me for granted again …after I lost him in the mall for three hours”, will keep you lighthearted and stress free so you can deal with your situation in a healthier manner and with more clarity.