5 Great Reasons You Should Laugh Every Day
It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. It is food for the soul. It is good for the heart. Laughter, though, also seems to be something far too rare in today's society. It only takes a few glances around a traffic jam to see the disdain and discouragement in people's faces. That is, if you can even see their faces - because they rarely even shift their glance from the taillights in front of them. Seemingly zombie-like, people trudge along their day as though they have forgotten what a privilege it is to be alive.
We should never allow ourselves to be so overtaken by the stress of life that we let a single day go by without a little bit of laughter to brighten things up a bit. Here are five reasons you should laugh every single day.
Laughter can actually relieve pain
This may sound a little crazy, but laughter actually changes your physiology by releasing endorphins - otherwise known as the "feel-good" chemicals. Endorphins increase your sense of well-being, and actually do have the potential to relieve pain.
Laughter improves your immune system
As a longer-term result, laughter and the positive thoughts that accompany it actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses. Negative thoughts can actually physically manifest themselves and do damage to your health. The antidote to this? Positivity.
Laughter helps to shift your perspective
Along with being good for your physical health, laughter is also good for your emotional health. The ability to use humor to relieve the stress of a negative situation is essential to not being overwhelmed by it. By lightening the mood, you are giving yourself the ability to take a step back and more accurately and logically assess the situation.
Laughter helps to build more positive relationships
Whether intimate, personal, or professional, sharing laughter with others is a great way to build a bond between people and develop positive feelings towards them. This bond that we build can act as a buffer for stressful situations or agreements that may arise in time - effectively helping us to build a stronger, more resilient relationship together.
Laughter is contagious
I recall seeing experiments online where a group of people were standing at a bus station, waiting for the bus to arrive. One man was looking down at the newspaper and began laughing (intentionally, as part of the experiment). Over a minute or so, he increased the heartiness of his laughter until he was almost in tears. By this point, some people had begun looking at him and smiling. Some had even started laughing as well. By the time the experiment was over, everyone at the bus station was in stitches - and he wasn't even laughing at anything specific.
To laugh is not only to improve your own mood or health, but also to improve that of people around you. Everyone enjoys being around funny people. Not only are they fun in general, by reading these points, we have now learned that funny people literally make others feel better! And the great thing about making others feel better through laughter is that you are also making yourself feel better in the process. Everyone wins!
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin
About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.