Laughter Is The Soul's Music

You may be wondering why you are probably reading this article and why this is applicable to you. Things around you might not look good enough to evoke laughter from you but it is necessary for you to be intentional about the things that happens to you and one of it is the deliberate attempt to laugh. Can you try now? Yes, you!

I’m sure you are wondering what class of clown I belong to. I’m wondering the same too!

Laughter is good for your health. It relaxes your whole body, relieves physical tension and stress; leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after, so do you want to give it a shot?

Below are additional benefits of laughter that might interest you.

Hormones laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine, and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones, like endorphins.

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Physical Release have you ever felt like you have to laugh or you’ll cry? Have you experienced that cleansing feeling after a good laugh? Laughter provides a physical and emotional release.

Internal Workout A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs, and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward. It even provides a good workout for the heart.

Distraction Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress, and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.

Perspective Studies show that our response to stressful events can be altered by whether we view something as a threat or a challenge. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view events as challenges, thereby making them less threatening and more positive.

Social Benefits Laughter connects us with others. Just as with smiling and kindness, most people find that laughter is contagious. So, if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more and realize these benefits as well.

Do you still think, I am a clown for asking you to laugh?

Start the laughing sessions and rid yourself of the stress and wrinkles.

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© Christy Chris

Africa Today News, New York

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