God has granted us the awesome gift of laughter which promote health and wellness of the body, soul and spirit. Laughing and rejoicing has various advantages that you may not be aware of. So what are some benefits of laughter?
Being cheerful helps maintain a good attitude towards life thus improves ability to deal with difficulties. Proverbs 17;22 reveals, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Humor is indeed a good medicine, especially when it comes to the body’s physical, mental and emotional health. The human brain responds to laughter in much the same way it responds to an antidepressant—it releases endorphins, which makes you feel happy, and dopamine, which plays a large role in happiness, memory and learning.
A good sense of humor isn’t only good for your social life; it can also protect you from stress-related illnesses and boost your immune system by increasing production of white blood cells and antibodies while decreasing inflammation.
What Is Laughter?
A Pleasant response to joy, amusement or humor.
What Are Some Benefits of Laughter? Reasons To laugh More Everyday
a) Physical Health Benefits
1) Relaxes Muscles
When you laugh, your muscles relax and your body releases endorphins, which improves blood flow and can reduce stress hormones like cortisol. So next time you’re feeling tensed, try cracking a smile!
2) Relieves Pain
laughing causes your body to release endorphins; hormones that block pain signals from the brain. They also help improve mood and act as a natural form of pain relief.
3) Stengthens The Body’s Defence System
Additionally, laughter boosts immune system by increasing the production of T-cells to fight off sickness and diseases.
4) Laughing Is Good For Your Heart
A hearty laugh improves cardiac health. It exercising it making it function properly. Furthermore, it reduces blood pressure preventing heart attacks and strokes.
5) Exercises Abdominal Muscles
A good belly laughs helps contract and relax muscles of the abdomen. According to Professor Richard Stephens from England’s Keele University, Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 20 minutes on an exercise bike.
6) Improves Respiration
laughter cleanses the lungs by getting rid of air( carbon dioxide) from the lungs. This can be very beneficial to individuals with conditions like asthma.
7) Facilitates Weight Loss
laughing may help in burning calories in the body as it increases heart rate and metabolism. Thus, it may be helpful to add humour into your weight loss regime.
b) Mental Health Benefits Of Laughter
8) Minimizes Stressed and Anxiety
Being joyful reduce stress hormones like dopamine, cortisol and adrenaline. this improve depressive mood and helps you to feel good.
It may even be able to change the way your brain reacts to negative stimuli by inhibiting the neurons in charge of controlling the amygdala (the part of the brain responsible for triggering fear responses).
9) Brings Optimism
Having a good chuckle makes you feel happier with a good attitude. This improved outlook can last for days, weeks, or even months.
It effectively diverts attention from unpleasant feelings such as stress,guilt,anger and bitterness. Lightens your mood and helps you view stressful situations as less scary and more uplifting.
Amusement boosts immune system, helps fight off infection, and lowers stress levels. All of these benefits lead to a more brighter perspective on life.
A study in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that people who watched humorous videos before taking a test were found to be much more likely to find the test enjoyable and less difficult than those who watched boring videos.
10) You Learn Faster When You Are Having Fun
When you are enjoying yourself, you are more likely to pay attention and be engaged in what you are doing. This means that you are more likely to retain information when you are laughing. So if you want to learn something new, try incorporating some fun into the process!
11) Helps To Resolve Conflicts
Cracking a joke in the midst of an heated argument can help bring down anger and high emotions. This creates a calm and peaceful environment for finding solutions to issues.
c) Social Benefits Of Laughter
12) Strenghtens Connections And Bonds Within Relationships
Sharing funny moments with friends or partners on a regular basis adds zest and happiness resulting in stronger connections.
How To Experience Happiness In Your Life
Create or seek out opportunities to chuckle in order to add merry in your life such as,
i) Casting all your burdens to the Almighty and trusting that He will take care of you needs. This will help you get rid of worry and doubts and lighten your heart. Read this article for more insights on surrendering your battles to Jehovah.
ii) Delighting in the lord by serving Him with joy and gladness. Sing to Him songs of praise and thanksgiving and seek His joy through prayer and His word. His joy will strengthen you when you are weak. (Nehemiah 8:10)
iii) Shaming the devil by laughing at him. This will destroys his plots to bring fear, doubt and frustrations in your life. Psalms reveals that God is laughing at your enemies.
Psalms 2:4 states, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.”
Therefore rejoice because Jehovah Nissi has already given you victory over all your foes.
In John 16:33, Jesus says “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
iv) Seeking God’s will in your life and living according to his ways to avoid frustrations and disappointments. No matter the difficulties, trust God to make everything work for good.
v) Smiling at people and saying nice things to them.
vi) Joining in on the jokes and amusing remarks.
vii) Playing games and enjoying yourself with your friends, coworkers, and family.
viii) Watching funny and motivational videos to cheer you up.
ix) Learning to view failures and mistakes as lessons and areas to improve on rather than downfalls and discouragements.
May the Lord fill you with laughter.