“Laughter is the best medicine.”
How do you respond to this old chestnut? Is it just a cliché or does it really make sense?
In Science, there are a lot of benefits laughter brings. One of which is the reduction of stress hormones (coritsol, epinephrine or adrenaline, dopamine and growth hormone). It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. In simple terms, it means that whenever we laugh, we expel stress which develops a stronger immune system.
Laughter also paves the easiest way to workout. Well, internally. The abs contract and the diaphragm expands every time we laugh out loud. After which, the heart relaxes.
So much for the Science, laughter is relational in its entire sense. It’s kinda weird though when we laugh alone, right? Generally, we laugh whenever we socially interact with others. When a friend drops a joke–whether corny or really funny–in the middle of your conversation. When one of your officemates unintentionally leaves his Facebook in the open and an officemate updates the status with: “I am missing someone”, “I am handsome” or “I am in love”. Or when you watch Scare Tactics or a Japanese prank in your spare time (you can do this alone).
If smiling makes a difference, how much more can laughing create? It is contagious, infectious and–even–epidemic.
Bond with friends. Watch a movie with your family. Eat Out. Take a stroll. Explore life. Love much. Laugh. Laugh hard.