As a free and powerful medicine, a good laugh is something you’re not getting enough of. A genuine laugh with a friend or coworker can lift our spirits no matter how blue we are. One of the best ways to reduce stress and boost your immune system is to laugh. Learn more about the unexpected benefits of humor by reading on.

1.When you laugh, your entire body gets a workout.

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” — Audrey Hepburn

Do you have a headache? A good laugh can give you a much-needed boost of energy and make you feel rejuvenated. The happy hormones endorphins and increased oxygen intake that come from laughing are two of the many benefits of laughing.

2.Laughter improves your mood.

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” — Charlie Chaplin

During stressful times at work or school, have you ever laughed so hard that you almost wet yourself with laughter? Even if it’s completely out of the blue, a burst of laughter can make us feel so much better!

3.Laughter boosts your body’s natural defenses.

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” — George Gordon Byron

Stress has a negative effect on your body’s immune system, making it more likely that you will get sick. Laughter strengthens your immune system, allowing you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

4.Laughter is good for your heart.

“A sense of humor … is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” — Hugh Sidey

Your risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack can be reduced by laughing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

5.Laughter is a stress-relieving tool.

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” — Kurt Vonnegut

Have you ever felt like throwing up because of how bad your day had gone? We’ve all been there, so I doubt anyone can say “No,” but why not laugh instead? More important than your actions is how you respond to them (and your reaction is always a choice, so keep it positive).

6.Laughter strengthens bonds with those around you.

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” — Victor Borge

A first date with the person you’ve had your eye on for the longest? Take a break from the stress of the situation by doing something that will bring you joy. That can be anything you want it to be: a funny movie, a comedy night, ski-ball, roller-coasters, etc.

7.Laughing burns calories.

“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” — Robert Frost

Laughter may help you stay on track with your fitness goals, so don’t give up your workouts just because of this. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that laughing for 15 minutes burnt 10–40 calories and increased heart rate and caloric expenditure.

8.Laughter improves one’s mood and self-esteem.

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” — Bob Newhart

People who are confident have a unique ability: no matter how bad their mistakes are, they are able to laugh at themselves and carry on as if nothing happened. The ability to improvise through any ill-advised decisions you may make will be enhanced by learning to laugh at yourself (thus minimizing stress, wasted time, and damage done). Watch the performers and musicians closely during a live performance in a dark theater or crowded music hall to see if you can spot a mistake. A mistake will not deter them from going about their business as usual (and possibly even use it to their advantage). Improvisation is the key to becoming unstoppable.

9.You can get through tough times by laughing.

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” — Bill Cosby

Everything that happens to us in our daily lives (breakups/bad days/car accidents/family drama/relationship problems/etc.) is magnified when we’re dealing with it in the moment. Maintain perspective on your daily experiences by asking yourself, “Is this really a big deal??” If the stressor isn’t something you’ll remember in a week, month, or year, let go of the tension. The best thing to do is to look for the humor or irony in the situation. Because you deserve to be happy, you should smile.

I hope you’re having so much fun laughing that you get to reap these advantages of humor on a regular basis! It would be great if you could share something amusing about yourself in the comments section.

Keep laughing

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