By Bulbul Beri
We have all heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine.” When we are laughing, we are truly living in the moment, not worrying about the past or future. We experience joy, release our happy hormones, and benefit our health simultaneously.
Six-year-olds laugh on average 300 times per day, but most people adults are lucky to laugh just 15 times per day!
When we are adulting, we have many responsibilities and worries about health, relationships, career, finance, the state of the world, etc… Sometimes we can get so caught up in these responsibilities and worries that we forget to have fun along the way. We are so busy to remember to take the time to laugh. When we forget to laugh, life becomes mundane, joyless.
Research shows the following health benefits of laughing often:
- burns calories
- reduces inflammation
- reduces the levels of stress hormone cortisol
- increases happiness
- has a positive effect on mental health
- boosts the immune system
- reduces anxiety
- reduces physical pain
- lowers blood sugar levels
Dr. Lee Berk Associate Dean, Research, School of Allied Health Professions has spent nearly three decades studying the health benefits of laughter. He says:
“The duration of the laugh is not as important as the reason behind it. Mirthful laughter, as opposed to nervous or embarrassed laughter, promotes the good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and has a cascade of beneficial physiological changes conducive for happiness — happiness being dopamine, serotonin, endorphins. Happiness is the optimal immune system responsivity. Laugh as often and as much as you need until you feel good!”
So, please take out some time to have a good belly laugh. It’s good for your health and guaranteed to make you feel good.
I challenge you to try not to laugh at this video: