We don’t stop laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing!
EnjoymentLaughter has beneficial affects on our bodies. Parts of our brain are stimulated by laughter. When we laugh dopamine is released into the ‘pleasure center’ of the brain causing pleasure. In addition, laughter stimulates the release of other feel-good substances, including endorphins, which are opiates (sedative narcotics) capable of relieving pain. Laughter protects one’s sanity too, due to its ability to release stress and ease tension.
Health benefitsResearch shows that laughter and a sense of humor have an effect on longevity and quality of life. Laughter activates the chemistry of the will to live and increases our capacity to fight disease. Laughing relaxes the body and reduces problems associated with high blood pressure, strokes, arthritis, and ulcers. Some research suggests that laughter may also reduce the risk of heart disease. Historically, research has shown that distressing emotions (depression, anger, anxiety, and stress) are all related to heart disease. A study done at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at stressful situations helps reduce the damaging physical effects of distressing
Some of the health benefits include: