Laughter is the best medicine.
We assume that you’ve likely heard this phrase before, and have probably even put it to the test. When you’re feeling down and things seem harder than ever, spend some time with friends, watch a funny movie, or just reminisce on better, happier days. No matter what you do, make sure to laugh.
It’s true; laughter really can be a great medicine. On January 24, we all have the pleasure of partaking in Global Belly Laugh Day. This is the day to get some of your hardest, longest, goofiest laughs out with family and friends. But before you do, it’s important to take a look at why laughing is necessary to our everyday lives. What’s in a laugh, and why do we do it?
Laughter (n.): Laughter is a physical reaction in humans consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system.
When we break down the definition, it is a physical reaction that happens from deep within our bodies. It only makes sense that it’s something we need to keep going. Laughter releases endorphins, otherwise known as the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. The more you release, the better you feel. Laughter also increases blood flow, which improves the overall function of blood vessels. You need these to be healthy in order to protect your heart and keep it pumping strong. And for those of you who enjoy exercising, you’ll be pleased to know that a good, hearty laugh can even burn calories. Burning anywhere from ten to 15 calories, this adds up to around three to five pounds a year. Talk about an easy workout!
Laugh, Laugh, Then Laugh Some More!
At the 100 Year Lifestyle, we constantly discuss longevity and ways to enjoy a fruitful life. Believe it or not, laughing is one of those ways. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer. This goes to show that laughing is one of the easiest and most fun ways to improve the overall quality of your life.
As we approach Global Belly Laugh Day, take some time to relive the funniest moments of your life. You’ve probably already got some moments in mind, and we can bet you’re smiling as you continue to read on. Encourage laughter between you, your friends and family, and always make sure to never go a day without laughing. Your body will thank you.