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.
  • The best cosmetic treatmentsIt creates fun.
  • You feel great
  • It is free!!!
  • It lifts your spirits.
  • Women love a man that can make them!!!!!
  • 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.

 This post was written in support of Menopause support, supporting and helping women across the UK.
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