“Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon – laughter…Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
When was the last time you had a good spontaneous deep-bellied laugh ? Do you laugh when you are feeling happy, and do you feel happy when you laugh ? Are you drawn to people with a good sense of humour ? Laughing helps us to experience joy in the everyday and be present in the moment.
Here are some reasons why laughing is something we should do every day:
- 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:
Endorphins are 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.
- Laughter relieves pain:
A good chortle has been found to reduce pain. Not only does it distract you from aches, but it releases feel good endorphins into your system that are more powerful than the same amount of morphine.
- Laughter helps relieve depression:
Laughter has long been known to help people who are suffering from either SAD(Seasonally Affected Disorder) or full-blown depression. Laughing reduces tension and stress, and lowers anxiety and irritation, which are all major factors that contribute to the blues.
- Laughter lowers your blood pressure:
People who laugh a lot on a regular basis have lower blood pressure than the average person. When people have a good laugh, the blood pressure increases at first, but then it decreases to levels below normal.Breathing then becomes deeper and this helps to send oxygen-rich blood and nutrients throughout the body.
- Laughter improves your breathing
Laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in, resulting in a cleansing effect – similar to deep breathing. This is especially helpful for people who are suffering from respiratory ailments, such as asthma.
You see that there are many reasons why laughter is such a great and also easy tool for a more balanced life. It is so easy and effective that it is an integral aspect of soulrefresher’s ethos. A good laugh makes life so much easier and every “problem’ a little smaller. Along with our informative posts, tips and inspirational quotes we will share some videos with you which will hopefully make you laugh as much as they have made us :). We will start with the teachings of ‘Puppetji’ which shows that talking about spiritual topics doesn’t have to be serious! Hope you enjoy our series, have fun and a good laugh!