How Can Laughter Improve Your Life?

When's the last time you had a real belly laugh? Tears running down your face, laughing until you could hardly speak? And it wasn't even all that funny? Laughter makes you feel good. Not only that, but medical studies show that it's actually good for you medically, emotionally, and socially. And it's contagious!

Laugh Your Stress Away

Modern life is more stressful than ever, and it affects your health. Stress causes raised levels of cortisol, the fight-or-flight chemical, which narrows your arteries and forces your heart to pump harder. Stress is bad for sleep, for digestion, for your immune system, and it raises blood pressure. If you can see the humorous side of a stressful situation and laugh, you may be saving your life. Since a good laugh relaxes you for almost an hour afterward, it will definitely make your day better.

Laugh Yourself To Healthy Benefits

People used to say that laughing made you fat. If you want a good laugh, watch the famous black and white Betty Boop cartoon, "Betty Boop and Little Jimmy" in which Betty laughs so hard at herself that she turns into a blimp. But really, someone who laughs a lot is more likely to have a healthy body. Laughing away stress improves your health in several ways. Studies show that people who laugh more live longer, have stronger immune systems, and have healthier hearts. It's even been proven that laughing burns enough calories for you to lose 3-4 pounds a year!

Laugh Together With Other People

Laughter is contagious, and it's good for your emotional health. Sharing a joke with a friend is a great way to connect. Remember as a child how you giggled over silly things with your buddies until you were rolling on the floor? Remember how good that felt, so good that you would laugh at things that weren't even funny just to be laughing with your friends. Laughing is a great way to bond with new friends, to show someone that you feel good around them, and to relax together. Laughter can help you get past a moment of tension with a loved one. Laughter breaks down the barriers that isolate us socially. It's no wonder that laughter helps your cardiovascular system. It's good for your heart in more ways than one.

Make Sure You Always Get The Last Laugh

Although the above saying is about laughing at someone rather than with someone, it's a good saying. Laughing off stress, laughing with friends, or even with strangers, is the best thing you can do for yourself in this stressful world. No matter what life throws at you, try to find the humor. Laughter improves your day physically, emotionally and socially. Because you laugh at them, you'll probably outlive all your problems, so you'll have the last laugh.