A friend of mine recently said, “I don’t know when the last time was that I laughed hard; hard enough to cry; a belly laugh?” While I don’t recall what we were talking about that lead us to that question, it did make us stop and think of times when we had laughed hard. We shared stories and laughed until we were crying. And we both said, “that felt good.”

Laughter is one of many emotions we all have, and what I love about this emotion is the health benefits it has on our overall well-being.

In an article by Health Guide, “Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.”

The article lists physical, mental, and social benefits to laughing. Some of my personal favorites are strengthening relationships, enhancing teamwork, defusing conflict, lowering stress hormones, and it protects the heart. Regarding the social benefits, it increases bonding and …. is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

Laughter is triggered by our senses when we experience an event, like our other emotions. It can also be stimulated by recalling funny memories, watching a funny movie or video, and simulated laughter is just as beneficial as organic laughter. Find it hard to laugh? There are ways to develop a sense of humor, and one place to start is by not taking yourself so seriously and be able to laugh at yourself.

Here is a video that makes me laugh until I cry. When I watch this, it reminds me of myself. There have been times when I have felt just like her. What makes you laugh? Is it a favorite childhood memory, a video, or maybe even a blunder you made during a presentation?   Take a moment to share what makes you laugh.

Stay curious my friends and have a great week!

 

Photo by Lois Elrich