Milton Berle said that, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” What Berle didn’t know is that laughter is better for you than a vacation.
Laughter has great health benefits, from boosting the immune system, reducing stress-related hormones, and improving respiration to stimulating circulation and enhancing mental functioning. On top of that, laughter triggers the activation of endorphins, neurotransmitters that play a crucial role in pain management. Because of this, laughter can even elevate pain threshold and tolerance.
We laugh 30 times more in social situations than when we’re alone. Perhaps it’s because we’re all stressed about interaction with people. Stress decreases blood flow by 35% while laughter brings it up by 22%.
Laughing in social situations does more than relax you. It signals social interest in companions, has a positive effect on social bonding and enhances cooperation. Studies show that men are even more attracted to women who laugh in their presence.
Next time you’re feeling low, remember that “Being happy is the best cure of all diseases!” Check out this infographic from bestmasterofscienceinnursing.com to find out more about how laughter can improve your life.