Laughter is often an involuntary response to funny, confusing, and sometimes scary/emotionally-charged situations. Laughter can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Even a slight giggle can completely change the atmosphere of a room, making it warm and family-friendly.

Impressive benefits of laughter

Laughter lowers blood pressure: According to Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at Loma Linda University in California, when one's blood pressure is lowered, it reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. So, if you’re suffering from high blood pressure I’d suggest you grab a Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and laugh your way to good health.

Laughter is an effective exercise: the most notable benefit anybody can derive from laughing is a sense of well-being. A 10-minute session in the morning can keep you alert and fresh throughout the day. The reason for this is because you inhale more oxygen, which helps burn more calories.

It enhances blood circulation: Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect an individual from cardiovascular problems.

Laughter relaxes the whole body: A good hearty laugh relives physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles feeling relaxed up to 45 minutes later.

It acts as a painkiller: It is a painkiller, and reduces the stress and anxiety associated with physical ailments.

Respiratory diseases can be alleviated if laughter is an active part of one’s life.

More benefits of laughter

Reduces depression: Laughter has long been known to help people who are suffering from full-blown depression. Laughing reduces tension and stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, and lowers anxiety and irritation, which are all major factors that contribute to the blues.

Laughter makes you feel a lot better: Have you ever been super stressed at school or work? Maybe because everyone was being mean on a particular day, or you had an exam coming up and you were not prepared for it. That said, maybe your friend told you a hilarious joke or story that made you laugh so hard that you almost wet yourself.

It’s amazing how much better we feel, especially after an unexpected or explosive laugh. The ability to laugh, or at least smile, when times get tough, is the best way to reduce stress and anxiety.

A lot of us may laugh at this, but people in many parts of the world are laughing their way to good health.