Training Your Happiness

How Laughter Can Improve Your Overall Health

Laughter can be infectious.

When you hear the sound of laughter, you can’t help but laugh yourself. When laughter is shared among others, it causes a binding between people and increases both intimacy and happiness. It is well known that laughter triggers healthy bodily changes and healthy changes in the mind. Laughter can increase your energy level, lessen pain, strengthen the immune system, and protect you from stress. Laughter is the best medicine because it is free, fun, and easy

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Laughter Releases Endorphins

Laughter is Strong Medicine

Laughter can be a strong antidote to conflict, pain, and stress. There is nothing else that works more dependable or quicker to bring your body and mind into balance than laughter. The use of humor can lighten your burdens, connect you to others, inspire your hope, and keep you focused, alert, and grounded. 

With this ability to renew your health and heal you, laughter can be a great resource for whatever problems you may have. It can also strengthen your relationships, and can support your emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

How Is Laughter Good For Your Health?

Laughter can do many things for your health. These include the following:

  • Laughter can increase your immune system. It can decrease the level of stress hormones within the body and increase the number of immune cells and antibodies you have, which will help you become more resistant to disease.

  • Laughter is relaxing. A wonderful laugh can relieve you of stress and physical tension so that your muscles can be relaxed for up to 45 minutes following laughing.

  • Laughter releases endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s feel-good hormones. When your endogenous endorphins are released, you feel a sense of well-being and a reduction in the sensation of pain.

  • Laughter can help the heart. Laughter can increase the ability of the blood vessels to nourish all parts of the body. It can increase your blood flow, which in turn can help prevent heart attacks and other types of heart diseases.

The Overall Benefits Of Laughter

Laughter is known to have many health benefits, including physical, emotional, and social benefits. Some of these include the following:

  • Decreases your stress levels

  • Increases your immunity

  • Relaxes your muscles

  •  Protects your heart

  • Lessens pain

  • Lessens fear and anxiety

  • Relieves stress

    Promotes The Bonding Among Group Members
  • Enhances your mood

  • Improves your resilience

  • Attracts other people to us

  • Promotes the bonding among group members

  • Adds joy to your life 

  • Improves teamwork

  • Strengthens relationships

Laughter Can Help Your Emotional Health

Laughter simply makes a person feel good. This good feeling persists even when you are done laughing. Laughter helps you maintain an optimistic, positive outlook so you can better get through situations of loss, disappointments, and other difficult situations.

Laughter is more than just a protection against pain and sadness. It gives you the strength and courage to find other sources of hope and meaning. Even when you find yourself in the most difficult of times, laughter or even a smile can take you far when it comes to feeling better. Laughter really is a bit contagious. When you hear someone else laugh, it primes your brain and sets you up to join that person in laughing, too.

Laughter And Mental Health

Laughter is associated with better mental health. Some things laughter can do to improve your mental health include the following:

 

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Laughter Allows You To Relax

 

  • Laughter allows you to relax. A good laugh can lessen stress and increase your energy levels so that you can remain focused and get more things accomplished.

    Laughter can lessen distress. It is hard to feel sad, anxious, or angry when you are instead laughing.

  • Laughter shifts your perspective. It allows you to see things in a less threatening and more realistic light. Being humorous helps create a psychological distance between you and stressful events so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed.

  • Laughter Has Social Benefits

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Engage In Playful Communication

When you use humor and engage in playful communication with others, your relationships become stronger and you trigger positive emotions and an emotional connection with those you are laughing with. A positive bond develops—one that can act as a powerful buffer against disappointment, disagreements, and stress. When you laugh with others, this is a more powerful thing than when you laugh alone.

How To Create More Opportunities To Laugh

There are things you can do to increase your chances of laughing. Here are some you might try:

  • Attend a comedy club

  • Watch something funny on television

  • Watch videos of funny animals there are tons on YouTube, or just add the search term “funny” into the YouTube search bar

  • Read the comics in the newspaper

  • Be with people who are funny

  • Share a funny story or joke with another

  • Read a funny book

  • Sponsor a game night with your friends

  • Play with your pet

  • Play with children

  • Do something you think is silly

  • Engage in activities you consider fun

 

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Engage In Activities You Consider Fun

 

Laughter can do a lot to help you feel better on a physical, emotional, and cognitive level. Don’t be afraid to share a good laugh with others for all around better health. 

 

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10 Super Simple Ways To Be Happy

Everyone strives to be happy but the mistake everyone makes is that they think happiness is some kind of finishing line in a race. Once you crossed that line, you will live happily ever after. That is not true. Happiness is a choice! You can choose to make your life happy. So here are a few ways you could try.

1. Let go of past memories.

Everyone has both sad and happy moments.
So forget about your painful memories. What’s in the past stays in the past. 
Instead, focus on your good memories and move on.

2. Be optimistic.

Always try looking on the bright side of things. Look for the silver lining behind each dark cloud. For example, if you had an unfortunate accident and your car is badly dented, but on the bright side, nobody got hurt and that dent in your car can be repaired. There is always a bright side to look on so be optimistic!                                                                                                       
3. Be close to your family

Try and maintain a close relationship with your family and friends. Our relationships with them have a greater impact on our happiness than anything else. Human beings are made to be social creatures. So appreciate the existing relationships that you have.

4. Try finding a job that gives you happiness.

If you are feeling stressed out in your current job and not getting the job satisfaction that you want, perhaps it’s time for a career change. Job satisfaction plays an important part in your happiness. So give your job a chance. Try having a positive attitude in your job.               If that doesn’t work, it may be time for a change of jobs.                                                            

 5. Make friends                                                                                                                                  

You need to make friends with people who share a common interest. Find something that you are deeply passionate about. It could be a hobby or an organization you can volunteer in. There you could meet people who have the same interest and passion as you.

6. Exercise. 

Exercising releases endorphins. So, not only are you taking care of your body but you will automatically start feeling good about yourself.

7. Change your thoughts.

You have to start living life to the fullest. Don’t delay your life a second longer. Try something new everyday or pick up a new skill!

8. Don’t let the small stuff bug you.

Remember all the small petty stuff that used to bother you? Forget all about it and focus on the bigger picture. Life is too short to be worry about trivial stuff.

9. Live your life for yourself 

Stop trying to live your life up to other people’s expectations. You are your own person. So start living it for yourself!

 10.Lastly, remember to love with all your heart.                               

You have all this love to give so give your love to something or someone and start feeling happy today! 

 “DON’T JUST LOVE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE, BE IN LOVE WITH THAT SOMETHING OR SOMEONE.”

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Written By:  Bonnie Swaile
CEO/Founder of OrganizingBetterSolutions                                             obsandbonnie.wordpress.com                                               searchinghappinessonline@gmail.com