There are so many people who are so confused when they see me laughing and joking about bad news. So why do I laugh? I laugh so I don’t cry. Because if I did not laugh the only other option is to let the stress get to me and cause more issues. I laugh because everything is always easier to handle if you throw a joke at it. I have always felt that laughter was good for us, but recently I have come across an article that verified just how good laughter is for us.
Did you know that laughter doesn’t just affect us mentally but it has physical benefits as well? Apparently when we laugh it not only increases serotonin but it also decreases stress hormones. By decreasing our stress hormones our immune system works better. Laughter also improves the heart by increasing blood flow and helping to decrease cholesterol and blood pressure.
It also works your stomach. And because it takes muscles to laugh and smile you are burning calories while you boost your mood.
I have found that it is just so much easier to keep a clear head and deal with all that is coming at me when I can find a way to laugh at it. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of stress. Laugh your way out and life will look so much better. I promise!
So while you are going through all of the stress of Christmas Craziness, give it a try. Let out a laugh. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel.
- The Health Benefits of Laughter (everydayhealth.com)