Laughter is a powerful way to brighten your day both emotionally and physically. It’s a natural medicine of sorts. No prescription needed.
When you laugh, your muscles release tension and can remain in this relaxed state for more than a half hour. It can also boost your heart and immune system, according to experts.
The “magical” powers of laughter don’t stop at the physical, though. Laughing can bless your mental health too. Laughter eases fears, making daunting problems feel more manageable and stressful situations less worrisome. It helps put some distance between you and your troubling situation.
There are also some very practical benefits, especially when it comes to your social life. People seem naturally attracted to laughter. It creates a positive atmosphere that eases communication, deflates conflicts, and may just help all sides find compromise.
Studies show that laughter is a huge indicator of a healthy relationship and that it can also be contagious. So take some time to laugh a little – or a lot – even if you don’t feel like it.