Laughter has often been described as one of the best ways to stay happy and healthy. There is a lot of wisdom in these wise words and over centuries, human beings have discovered the value of laughter. When it comes to your loved ones, there is an incredible amount of benefits that can be derived from laughing. In this blog article, we look at various ways in which laughter can help your loved one stay healthy.
Keeps Blood Pressure Down
One of the ways in which laughter can make your loved ones healthy is by ensuring that they have low blood pressure at all times. Laughter accomplishes this by removing stress, which in turn aids in relaxation. When we are relaxed, our blood vessels dilate (widen) which in turn helps to keep blood pressure down. Laughter is also thought to lower the chances that the body will produce hormones that are associated with stress, which in turn ensures that your loved one has fewer chances of suffering from high blood pressure.
Laughter has often been described as a natural painkiller and this is because it helps to increase resistance to pain. This is largely through the fact that laughter aids in the release of hormones known as endorphins. This hormone is sometimes described as the ‘feel-good hormone’ because it is used by the brain to reinforce behavior that the brain deems as good for the survival of the person (for example, it is this hormone that makes us enjoy activities such as eating, socializing and so on).
Helps Manage Weight
One of the unknown facts about laughter is that it can help the body burn off excess calories. It is estimated that laughing for just 15 minutes a day (cumulatively) can help burn as much as 40 calories. Laughter is a physical activity that works up various muscles and thus helps to remove excess calories. While it can not be used as a weight-loss approach on its own, it can be part of a healthy weight management program that can ultimately prove to be very beneficial to your loved one.
Supports the Immune System
Our bodies come with a natural defense system that shields us from disease. When this immune system is compromised, we become more vulnerable to disease and this, in turn, has an adverse effect on the quality of life that we live. The good news is that laughter can be a great way to boost our body’s immune system. This is because laughter is believed to increase the production of neuropeptides which help to increase our natural ability to ward off diseases. The fact that it also helps to lower stress also contributes to increased immunity.
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