This morning I woke up to Baby Giggles While listening to my granddaughter’s giggles, I began to giggle along with her. My mood was instantly lightened. I reached over to caress my husband’s hand. I felt like I could tackle whatever was going to come my way today.
Why did those giggles affect my mood and actions? Laughter, it’s said, is the best medicine. And there’s lots of evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us. This article from Psychology Today sites the following benefits:
- Reduces Pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort.
- Reduces Blood Sugar levels
- Improves job performance
- Provides a positive emotional climate.
- Establishes a sense of connection between two people.
Why does this happen when we laugh? This Forbes article shows us why.
Laughter is a potent endorphin releaser. One of the most recent studies on laughter shows that laughing with others releases endorphins in the brain. (our homegrown feel-good chemicals—via opioid receptors)
Laughter contagiously forms social bonds. It’s like a game of endorphin dominoes. That’s why when someone starts laughing, others will laugh even if they’re not sure what everyone is laughing about.
Laughter has an effect similar to antidepressants. Laughing activates the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, the same brain chemical affected by the most common types of antidepressants, SSRIs.
Laughter protects your heart. Research has shown that laughter has an anti-inflammatory effect that protects blood vessels and heart muscles from the damaging effects of cardiovascular disease.
Laughter is one of the Best Natural Medicines, so get laughing!
I’d enjoy hearing what makes you laugh.