We've all heard the expression "Laughter is the best medicine." But did you know that there is really scientific evidence to explain it? It really is fascinating. Here are some of the facts about laughter that explain why it really does help with chronic pain and other illnesses.
Reduces stress hormone levels
Helps prevent heart disease
Promotes muscle relaxation
Attracts other people to us
Promotes group bonding
Immune system booster:
by increasing immune cells and antibodies
via release of endorphins
due to improved circulation
direct effect--causes reduction of tension
through endorphin release
allows person to regroup during times of emotional distress
a good laugh can break up an argument in progress by diverting attention from anger to humor
Shared laughter makes relationship between persons more appealing
Laughing together is a great way to build relationships!
Endorphins are the body's natural feel good hormone. Some refer to it as a naturally occurring morphine. Laugh more, feel less pain!
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Sources: Helpguide.org; Wikimedia