Robert Provine, Ph.D., a neuroscientist in his book Laughter: A Scientific Investigation, states that laughter establishes or restores a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between two people, who literally take pleasure in the company of each other.
In no particular order, here are 35 benefits of laughter:
- It relieves physical tension and stress.
- It strengthens various relationships you?ve established.
- It makes people feel/get attracted to you as a person.
- It quashes conflicts or arguments that could spring up.
- It promotes bonding between individuals.
- It improves your mood.
- According to medical research, it boosts your immune system.
- It instils a form of calmness.
- It allows you express yourself sometimes carelessly lol!!!.
- It enhances optimism in different areas of your life.
- It could make complex situations appear less threatening.
- It allows you express your true feelings.
- It reduces anxiety.
- It lowers your blood pressure.
- It creates fun.
- You feel great
- It is free!!!
- It lifts your spirits.
- Women love a man that can make them laugh.lol!!!!!
- It improves your social life.
- It improves respiratory conditions, aids in ventilation and helps clear mucus plugs. (Journal of the American Medical Association)
- It increases blood circulation and rise in oxygen and nutrient levels. (Journal of Biological Psychology)
- It improves your looks by making you appear youthful
- At times it helps to increase creativity.
- It lightens burdens.
- It gives room for self expression.
- It promotes a positive attitude.
- It promotes self acceptance.
- It is therapeutic.
- It drives away negative emotions
- It could change your perspective on certain issues.
- It brings healing to the hurt you are experiencing
- It increases your mental flexibility.
- It promotes self confidence.
- It increases your tolerance levels because it lowers the risk of you being irritated by little things.
There are several ways laughter can be induced. They are as follows:
- Develop the habit of smiling where necessary.
- Spend time with people who are jovial and bring out the best in you.
- Try introducing a bit of humour into what you say.
- Count your blessings and appreciate all you have and the people around you.
- Always to look out for the funny side of life.
- Occasionally do silly things.
- Participate in fun activities
- Watch a comedy.
- Interact with children. Trust me you would laugh a lot when interacting with little children.
So what makes you laugh?
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.