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How Laughter Benefits Your Body

Feeling stressed out? Try a good laugh! Studies show that laughter can decrease anxiety, signs of depression, and much more. Read on to find out how a good laugh can boost your health and happiness.

By Sadhana Kumari
11 May 2022

It is rightly said, “laughter is the best medicine” and for good reasons. A 2016 randomised study on more than a hundred subjects issued in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, concluded that laughing for 20 minutes to 60 minutes every week has a deep psychological effect, reducing stress and boosting life satisfaction.

 

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Let’s see what are the benefits of laughter.

Laughter Prevents Heart Diseases: A 2016 cross-sectional study published in the Journal of Epidemiology reveals that laughing compels one to intake deeper breaths resulting in more oxygen levels in the bloodstream. The circulation of oxygenated blood improves vascular functions and thus helps lower the risk of coronary heart conditions.

 

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Laughter Lowers Blood Pressure: A 2021 study documented in the Journal of Epidemiology states that a therapeutic laughter session showed a 5 mmHg decreased level in blood pressure that lasted for twenty-four hours in people who laughed more frequently.

 

Laughter Minimises Stress: According to a 2018 research issued in Frontiers in Psychology, laughing releases a chemical or hormone called endorphins which makes you feel pleasant. This improves mental well-being and arms you to cope with stress and negativity in a better way.

 

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Laughter Boosts Immunity: Laughter optimises hormones in the endocrine system, and increases the production of antibodies and T-cells (white blood cells) to improve vitality, says 2010 research in Science Daily.

 

Laughter Improves Work-Life Quality: Humour and laughter create a fun environment at the workplace which may help people enjoy their work. The more delighted an individual is, the more productive he/she becomes as their emotions are in control and they are less likely to be stressed as per a 2019 report published in Frontiers in Psychology.

 

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