“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” said once William Makepeace Thackeray, we can add that it is also sunshine for your body and mind. It’s not breaking news that laughter makes us feel good and always raises our spirits, the greatest aspect is that we can have free and unconfined access to something that could work wonders on our health, too.
Laughing can trigger physiological responses which help better protect our bodies and even improve the function of vital organs. Amazing, isn’t it? Researchers have proven that a good giggle can be compared to a mild workout, it helps moving your facial muscles and promote a better blood circulation – which is important because it can decrease your stress levels, help you sleep better and enhances the immune system.
Did you know that in the very second when you smile, neurotransmitters called endorphins are instantly released? The peculiar fact is that even when we fake-smile our brain still picks-up the message and it can have the same effect. This is actually a great trick you can add to your routine: smile even when you don’t really feel like it, you will trick your brain, but that will actually improve your mood overall.
Can laughter be an exercise? We can make it one! By laughing you expand your lungs and stretch your muscles, allowing a great amount of oxygen to fill your body. This will improve blood flow and help out if you’re tense and stressed out.
Make laughter a priority in your life. Spend time with people close to your heart who are cheerful and fun to be around, their mood will surely rub on you. Another entertaining way that will surely put a grim on your face is remembering great moments from the past like that time you gave your friend a really bad haircut or you were sexting with your better half and mixed up the contacts. You can also get a pet, studies have shown that a dog or a cat can really have an impact on your well-being and we tend to trust those studies, who could be sad around a cute puppy or a fluffy kitten? They say happiness is found in teeny-tiny things in life, so you need to start looking for the bigger picture instead of running after things you think will make you happy.