7 reasons why laughter matters
A sense of humour can help you sail through the toughest of times! But there are more benefits than just that. Read on
Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs out there. Not only is it a huge challenge, but also the consequences of our actions are a constant source of anxiety. There are no rewards of a professional career like an annual appraisal. Add to that the insane work hours… I mean, which other job profile requires you to work 24/7?
So when we say, the only way out to maintain your sanity is with a good dose of humour, we mean every bit of it. Especially, when you sit down to weigh the pros of humour on your health and general well-being.
Here are 7 good reasons why laughter is the best medicine:
Fun ab workout
When you laugh, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs.
Boosts T cells
T cells are specialised immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness.
Triggers the release of endorphins
By laughing, the body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
Laughing lowers blood pressure
Research shows that laughter and humor helps lower systolic blood pressure, by about 10 points in just 20 minutes.
Reduces stress hormone levels
Laughing reduces the level of stress, which simultaneously cuts the anxiety and stress impacting your body.
Improves cardiac health
Laughter gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace.
The best benefit of laughter however is that -
It will confuse your kids
Try laughing when you actually feel like yelling. Getting crazy and acting silly can disrupt whatever it was that your children were fighting about and make them forget about the whole thing.
So go grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages and enjoy your laughter medicine, as your kid topples over your favourite beanbag!
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