11 Reasons People Should Laugh More Often

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1. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones in the body: People who love laughing have lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, and epinephrine. As the levels of these hormones decrease, the body becomes more relaxed and feels not just physical but also emotional rest.

2. Laughter helps reduce aggression: Laughter is said to be like a hypothetical knife that cuts tension from a room and allows people to relax. As laughter helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body and relax the muscles, it helps people become calmer and less aggressive.

3. An ally against heart disease: By reviving blood circulation and increasing oxygenation of the blood, laughter is considered to be a powerful ally in the fight against heart disease.

4. Laughter boosts the immune system: According to the National Cancer Institute, laughter keeps the stress hormones under control and aids immune system agents such as the NK cells, lymphocytes, B cells, and T cells function optimally.

5. Laughter helps a person learn how to manage pain: Researchers at the University of Oxford found that laughter plays a significant role in increasing a person’s pain tolerance by encouraging the body to release the feel-good chemical endorphin.

6. Laughter helps lower blood sugar levels: Laughter provides one of the best health benefits for diabetics. In a 2012 study performed on 19 diabetic patients, it was demonstrated that laughter helped suppress blood sugar levels by ameliorating the postprandial (after eating a meal) glucose excursion in the presence of insufficient insulin action.

7. Laughter provides another form of physical exercise: Laughing can actually be a form of exercise, too. Laughing exercises the diaphragm, shoulders and abdomen (however, don’t quit your gym membership in

8. Laughter makes you more attractive: Research has shown that laughing increases your attractiveness. Not surprising research also shows that it’s easier for a person to “score” if the person is witty and funny.

9. Laughter helps free breathing: Laughter increases lung capacity and clears out your lungs by forcing enough stale air out thus allowing fresh air to enter into more areas of the lung.

10. Laughter increases your lifespan: The combination of the many benefits to laughter has shown to increase longevity of life. In fact, in a 20 year study, researchers found that those who held a more positive outlook on life increased their lifespan to 7.8 more years.

11. Laughter improves relationships: According to studies, couples who do sessions of laughter meditation together find a tremendous improvement in their relationship. Moreover, families that laugh often have closer ties and do well in balancing the stresses of life.