6 Healthful Benefits of Laughter
Did you hear? It is going to be in the mid-70s all month, with clear skies, no rain, and ocean temperatures will be perfect for swimming. Really? No. April Fool’s! Sorry- couldn’t resist.
While playing jokes on friends and families is the focus of April Fool’s Day, it’s also a good time to remember that it is just as important to be able to laugh at ourselves. When we can roll with the punches and don’t take ourselves too seriously, everyday challenges seem much less powerful.
In addition to the emotional benefits of laughter, there are physical benefits as well. Here are six of our favorites:
- Laughter lowers blood pressure.
- It reduces levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine.
- Laughter increases production of specific antibody types, which in turn can help prevent infection and illness.
- A good belly laugh releases endorphins and can boost your mood for up to 30-45 minutes.
- Laughter increases the amount of oxygen being circulated through your blood vessels, and improves blood flow to your heart.
- The ability to laugh and enjoy the lighter side of life’s debacles helps you maintain a positive attitude and improves overall mood.
Being able to laugh at yourself is a sign of an optimistic, resilient personality. It is also a graceful way to soften the blow of an embarrassing moment or slip of the tongue. It means you can accept yourself for who you are, and that you can forgive yourself for human imperfections. This is a powerful way to live in the moment with joy, rather than self-blame or regret.
Next time, we will talk about our theme for the month – detoxification from harmful toxins in the body. We will give you reasons why this is an important part of your overall self-care plan.