7 health benefits of laughing

We have all heard the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’, but as it turns out, laughing really does have real benefits to your health and wellbeing.

1. Laughing lowers blood pressure

People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at a normal level, will reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks. So grab the Sunday paper and flip to the funny pages.

2. Reduces stress

Laughing reduces stress hormones; helping you to sleep better and have more energy.

3. Works out your abs

Have you ever laughed so hard that your stomach hurt? That’s because when you laugh your stomach muscles expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Sounds more fun that hitting the gym.

4. Improves cardiac health

Laughing is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activities due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.

5. Boosts T cells

T cells are specialised immune cells waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.

6. Triggers the release of endorphins

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

7. Produces a general sense of wellbeing

Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who have a more negative outlook. Let’s all smile, laugh and live longer.