Top four benefits of laughter

Often times, when we hear phrases like ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ for health problems, we might not pay attention, but guess what it is indeed true. Not only does it unite people but its health benefits are far reaching.

As we begin to age with the ever increasing stress levels and pressure, we tend to be more serious and laugh less. One study has shown that children laugh 400 times per day, while the adults only laugh 15 times per day. We must not forget the fact that laughter is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle.  Hence, make it a habit to laugh often for your overall wellbeing.

In this article, we give you a rundown of a few health benefits of laughter-

1.    Good for your heart- Laughter is a good medicine for keeping heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems at bay. It improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow.

2.    Reduces stress levels- Laughter therapy has shown to significantly lower your stress levels. The reduction of stress hormones in your body, helps in promoting a healthy immune system. Laughter triggers the release of feel good hormones known as endorphins, which further promote an overall sense of wellness.

3.    Promotes Weight loss- Did you know laughter aids in weight loss? Yes, you heard it right, laughing is a good workout to shed those extra pounds. An hour of laughing will burn upto 500 calories.

4.    Increases your life span- Laughter not only increases your overall sense of wellbeing, but it also expands your life span.

Being happy and having a smile on your face, is one of the effective and quick ways to maintain a balance between your mind and body. Some ways to indulge in laughter- Watch funny movies, read short stories and funny jokes, go for stand-up comedy shows and spend time with your family and friends.

-Akhila kakarala
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