Laughter and Heart Health

Laughter and Heart Health


Laughter Improves Heart health

Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart.
–Mort Walker

Laughter and heart health naturally go together. Aside from just plain making you feel good, a good laugh can increase your blood flow by opening the endothelium or the inner lining of your blood vessels. When you laugh, your brain produces endorphins which release nitric oxide which dilates your blood vessels. This helps protect the heart by preventing cholesterol plaque formation and reducing inflammation. Also, whenever you laugh, your stress hormones are reduced. Lessening stress can help ease artery inflammation and increase your good cholesterol.

But Wait! There’s More!

Laughter Can Brighten Your Day

Can you remember the last time you had such a deep-rooted belly laugh that you couldn’t help but tear up? Without a doubt, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. Laughter is one of the most underrated ways to brighten up the day of people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. Whether it’s a giggle or a snort, laughter can change the vibe of a room.

Have you noticed how so many people these days seem to be walking around in a dark cloud of social isolation, anxiety, or depression? And how so many of these people suffer from poor health as a result? Why not be the one to brighten their day? Give them some positive interaction, a good laugh to lift their spirits, and brighten your day as well.

And Look at What Laughter Can Do For You and Your Heart In The Long Run

  1. Laughter Boosts Immunity

    Laughing is one of the best ways to boost your immune function. It’s even a highly recommended therapy for patients with cancer. Have you ever spent time with children? You’ve probably noticed that the way they laugh is something many adults have lost. Some say that adults need to be serious and not laugh like that. But what would Jesus do? Why would little children want to run up and be hugged by Him if He was glum and gloomy all the time? When they laughed wouldn’t He laugh with them? We need to reawaken our inner childlike sense of good humor and let it rip!

  2. Laughter Works Like Exercise

    Laughter is a repetitive and physical act. Whenever you laugh, you take deep breaths and your muscles contract just like when you are exercising. Hearty laughter can give you the same result as a moderate workout when it comes to strengthening your heart, decreasing stress hormones, enhancing your immunity, improving your mood, and helping to lower harmful cholesterol levels.

    If you are having trouble finding ways to laugh, try to assess your current situation. Actively put yourself in places where you can enjoy bursts of laughter. You can hang out with positive and light-hearted people, watch or read something funny from a wholesome source, or even watch a clean comedy film.

  3. Laughing Is Contagious

    Have you ever seen two friends laughing at a joke you did not hear? Chances are, you smiled while looking at them without even realizing it.

    When you see someone, you subconsciously tend to mirror their gestures and behavior. This is exactly why you yawn when somebody else is yawning. So in like manner the brain responds to seeing someone laugh by automatically prepping the face muscles to join in on the fun.

    Sharing humor with other people is an essential part of the human experience. Laughter may be contagious because it’s a basic social interaction element, and sharing emotional states facilitates understanding of other people’s actions and emotions. It helps us become more empathetic and genuinely engaged with other people. If you’re in a leadership position, the right kind of humor is a great tool to use to disarm tensions and just get people on your side.

    Strange as it may sound, being able to freely laugh and share laughter helps us develop compassion for others as well.

  4. Laughter Improves Your Well-Being and Memory

    Just like crying, laughter is a natural reaction, but it offers unparalleled benefits to your psychological well-being. When you laugh, you become more open to building new relationships with people. This benefit can help you develop long-lasting bonds. Laughter can also ease difficult situations in your life. This advantage is because it can regulate your emotions and make you more resilient to challenges.

    If you’ve ever had trouble learning new things, laughter can also help you since it boosts your ability to learn and remember. In an educational environment, lighthearted moments in the classroom make teaching and learning more freeing and effective.

  5. You Look More Attractive When You Laugh

    People who are on the lookout for romantic relationships value playfulness and humor in their partners, so if you want to meet a partner, you know what to do.

To Conclude: The advantages you can gain from having a good laugh cannot be understated. As soon as you laugh, there is an immediate decrease in the negative response of your body to stress. When you make laughter a regular part of your life, your heart health will thank you in the long run.

Yours In Love and Laughter,

Sharon Iezzi
Oklahoma Academy Country Store

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