Today life has become very fast and boring, while life is more enjoyable when we have funny moments to look back with happiness, and look forward with excitement. People get so busy in their work and school lives, they often forget to take time to chill. It’s very important to squeeze in time for fun to take away or release stress. People should find time to watch comedy videos, chill with friends and family and dine out to make them happy and laugh.
Laughter is a physical reaction of certain external and internal stimuli in humans. Laughter can arise from such activities like humorous stories, thoughts or T.V programs. Laughter is a visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, happiness, enjoyment, relief etc.
Laughter is a part of human behaviour generated by the brain that clarifies their intentions in social interaction and conversations. Sometimes laughter of one person itself provokes laughter from others.
Humour is the direction to provoke laughter and pleasure. People of all ages and culture all around the world respond to humour. Most people experience humour by smiling or laughing at something funny which is considered to have a sense of humour. Sense of humour is decided by person’s taste, geographical location, and culture, level of education, intelligence, maturity and context.
Impact of Laughter and Humour on health
Laughter is a universal language of basic emotions that all humans understand. It has power to improve health and enhance teaching and learning. It is believed that humour and laughter is good for health because humour carries great health benefits and laughter releases endorphins in our brain.
Humour and Laughter is a strong medicine, draws people together in ways that activate healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Nothing works faster and stronger to bring your mind and body back into balance effectively than a good hearty laugh. This precious medicine is fun, free and easy to use for all.
Physical Health Benefits
- Boosts immune system
- Decreases pain and generates better sleep
- Relaxes your muscles
- Improves digestion
- Stimulates many organs
- Prevents cardiovascular diseases
- Burns calories
- Helps to live longer
- Increases personal satisfaction
- Provides similar benefits as physical exercise
Mental Health Benefits
- Laughter releases endorphins in your brain, associated with many health benefits.
- Adds joy and energy in life
- Makes you feel good
- Decreases anxiety and tension
- Improves your mood
- Strengthens resilience
- Relieves tension and stress (at least temporarily)
- Gives positive and optimistic outlook
- Gives courage, strength and hope
- Strengthens relationships
- Attracts others to us
- Enhances team work
- Helps defuse conflict
- Promotes positive group bonding
- Heals bitterness, disagreements and hurts
- Helps to express true feelings
- Pushes back shyness
- Lightens your burdens
- Connects you to others
Manage Stress from Laughter
Laughter lightens your load mentally and induces physical changes in the body. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air that relaxes muscles and releases stress.
A hearty laugh increases and then decreases your heart rate and gives you a good relaxed feeling. Laughter makes a person strong to cope with difficult situations. Try to laugh and the world will laugh with you. Make your habit to spend some time with people who make you laugh. Watch comedy movies, read comedy books or recall your old good days, it will give you happiness. Laughter clears the slate for mental imaging and makes it easy to canter your thoughts on where you want to be. It keeps you focused and alert on your targets.