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The Benefits of Laughing

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Laughter is the best medicine. According to staff at Mayo Clinic, there are a lot of short and long-term benefits of having a good laugh like relieving stress, relieving pain, improving your immune system, and it gives your muscles a workout.

Short-term Benefits

Stimulate organs: when you laugh you intake more oxygen, which stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

Activate and relieve your stress response: laughing triggers and then cools down your stress response, increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, which gives you a relaxing feeling.

Soothe tension: laughing stimulates circulation and helps to relax your muscles, which can help to reduce the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term Benefits

Improve your immune system: the positivity of laughing releases neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses.

Relieves pain: laughter can help ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.

Increase personal satisfaction: not only can laughing help you cope with difficult situations, it can help you connect with other people.

Improve your mood: laughing more can help decrease feelings of sadness and anxiety because making you feel more happier.

Improving your Humour

There are actually ways of developing a good sense of humour, so if you feel like you aren’t funny or witty enough, check out some of the tips below:

Keep humour at the forefront: posting out funny greeting cards or photos can help you to get thinking about humour. In addition, you can keep funny books and movies on hand for when you need a boost of humour.

Laugh at yourself: find ways to laugh at your own mishaps. It will help you to loosen up and help you to take life not too seriously.

Share a laugh: share funny stories and jokes with your friends. Like mentioned above, laughing can help you connect with people.

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Sandra has an interest in topics like health and wellness, education, dating and relationships, and parenting. As a University Magazine Contributor, Sandra hopes to help and inspire those that read her stories through her passion for information, learning, and writing.

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