The Benefits of Laughter

People always say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” This popular adage is not just a mere metaphor but a scientifically-proven fact. Laughter is indeed the best medicine for anyone. Laughing provides a number of helpful health benefits, including reversing the effects of anxiety. Many medical professionals do not deny that drug medications only come next to the healthful effects of laughter.

Anxiety is not just experienced by people with mental illness but also to regular individuals as well. People who are often too busy at work may not have time for entertainment already. Hectic work schedules and strenuous activities can lead to stress, which in most cases is accompanied with anxiety. Stress is already a component of daily living for any adult. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a big time employee, issues such as stress and anxiety can occur. It may affect the way you behave, think, or feel. Finding a healthy way of coping with stress can help improve your overall’s physical and mental well-being.

It is observed that the reason why a person becomes down and slower during periods of anxiety is because of the brain’s production of certain chemicals, including epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These chemicals trigger the increase in distribution of catecholamines in the entire body. The growth of this substance in the human body releases physiological cases like increased blood pressure, heartbeat, suppression of immune system, and increased cell reproduction. These are harmful effects of the body that were triggered from severe anxiety. When left untreated or unmanaged, anxiety can result in the development of cardiovascular diseases and digestive problems. It can even lead to heart failures and stroke.

An uncommon symptom of anxiety is procrastination. Although not experienced by many individuals, there are a number of adults who acquired anxiety through procrastination. Running away from a traumatic life experience can lead to anxiety. Such situation can lead to mental illnesses, including severe depression. Depression is a serious concern, simply because it can result to the loss of one’s life.

The best way to reduce stress and anxiety in one’s life is to have a good laugh. Laughter improves the body’s defense mechanism, thus helping the body become less susceptible to many illnesses. There have been many researches that proved the improved production of endorphins and catecholamines in the body through laughter. These types of chemicals boost feelings of well-being and happiness when released from the human brain. Getting good laughter can be done in so many ways. There are many movies under the comedy genre that can give anyone a good laugh. Being with friends that have a good sense of humor is a free and entertaining way of receiving laughter. Another way of having a good laugh is through stand up comedians, who can be found in comedy bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. They can also be found in televisions. Stand up comedians can certainly make anyone laugh, thus helping people become much healthier. Drug medications can make a person free from illnesses but only laughter can make someone physically and mentally healthy.