5 Reasons Laughter is the Best Medicine

5 Reasons Laughter is the Best Medicine

In our fast-paced day-to-day lifestyles, it can be difficult to find time for anything other than working, eating, and sleeping. Sometimes we become out of touch with what it means to live, to love, and especially to laugh. Debt, deadlines, and disillusionment are common contributors to days spent without more than the most forced of chuckles, but what many of us don't know is how putting humor on hiatus may be harming our health. Consider these simple yet important reasons for letting laughter find a place in your daily routine. 

1. Laughter Shifts Your Perspective 

Anytime you have the opportunity to see a situation from a different angle, your worries will take on a less threatening, more realistic light. A humorous view of something can create psychological distance between you and your fears or stressors, which will help you keep from feeling overwhelmed.   

2. Laughter Trumps Negative Emotions 

It's a simple fact: when you are in the act of laughing, it is impossible to experience anxiety, anger, or sadness. It's important to note that a nervous chuckle due to situational irony won't confer this same benefit; to dissolve those feelings that are bringing you down, you need to be laughing sincerely at something you find truly funny. 

3. Laughter Boosts Your Immunity 

Studies have shown that through humor, the levels of infection-fighting antibodies in the body can be raised, as well as those of immune cells. This may be due to the fact that laughing raises the body's heart rate and blood pressure, providing cells with extra oxygen, much in the same way as mild exercise. Laughter-related endorphins also play a part in this process (more on this later).   


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4. Laughter Improves Sleep 

It is common knowledge that a healthy lifestyle includes plenty of sleep, but did you know that laughing in the evening will likely help you find it easier to relax and sleep soundly? This happens because laughter releases the hormone melatonin in the brain - the same hormone which is released at the onset of sleep.  

5. Laughter is a Natural Pain-Killer 

Laughing stimulates the production and release of chemicals within the body known as endorphins. These endorphins react with opiate receptors in the brain and work to decrease our perception of pain, acting similarly to drugs such as morphine or codeine. Secretions of endorphins can also lead to increased appetite, increased immune response, and lowered stress levels.   

Some of us are labeled as more "serious" people than others., but regardless of how others tend to perceive us, life holds humor for each and every one. It is up to us, however, to see the benefit of it, and to reap its rewards.

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.

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