Did you know that laughter is something very positive for our organism? When we laugh we feel a sense of well-being and euphoria. In addition, we feel that our problems are minimized, this is a scientifically proven fact.
Several scientific studies have shown that after laughing the cerebral cortex produces a series of electrical impulses that eliminate negative energy from our brain.
It was Sigmund Freud who first developed this theory, which has subsequently been proven.
As you know, laughter is not only something for adults, in fact we start laughing at a very early age, with only 4 months of life we are already able to do it.
One of the main benefits of laughter is that our brain releases endorphins, hormones that have properties similar to morphine. They are responsible for relieving pain, creating a feeling of happiness, regulating our mood and reducing the effects of depression. As you can see, laughing is almost like taking medicine.
In the cerebral cortex, the same place where creativity is born, is where laughter begins. As we grow up and become more mature, we lose the ability to be spontaneous and to let go, to see the positive side of things or the funny side.
The benefits of laughter:
It reduces insomnia: Have you noticed that after a while of laughing that night you sleep better? Laughing, even if it doesn’t seem like it, also favors the conciliation of sleep, gives us a feeling of tiredness that helps us fall asleep faster and have a more restful sleep.
It improves our cardiovascular health: thanks to this we prevent heart attacks, because when we laugh we cause a series of spasms in the diaphragm that strengthen both the lungs and the heart. It is also good for those people who have high blood pressure because it helps to reduce blood pressure. Who would have thought it, huh?
It improves the appearance of the skin: one of the most surprising benefits. Tones up and reduces wrinkles. This is due to several factors, among them, that by moving the muscles needed to laugh we are training them, therefore reducing the signs of skin aging. It also oxygenates, giving you a younger look. Laughing is the best anti-aging cream you will find!
We release hormones: as we have said before, one of the hormones we release are endorphins, which besides making us feel good, also have an analgesic effect, thus also reducing the feeling of pain.
It helps against congestion: if you have a stuffy nose or ears, one of the best things you can do is laugh. You will immediately notice how they clear up, this is because laughter causes a series of vibrations in the head that clears them up.
It strengthens the immune system: another advantage of laughter is that it strengthens our cells. In this way they will be better prepared in case an external element attacks our body. Laughing several minutes a day will keep us from getting sick.
It improves digestion: if you have intestinal problems one of the things you can try is to laugh for a while. Laughing makes your abs, and therefore your stomach, contract. This makes it easier to digest the food we have eaten. We will also avoid the feeling of stomach heaviness, which is very annoying.
It improves the ability to breathe: you will have noticed that when we laugh we breathe a lot, very strongly and deeply. Thanks to this, our lung capacity improves and we oxygenate our blood.
It improves our mental health: the benefits of laughter are not only physical, we have seen that it improves our well-being and reduces depression, but it also improves self-esteem and self-confidence, even helps us against shyness, because it is a way of expressing ourselves that allows us to relax. It also enhances creativity and imagination.
This is a capacity that we should not lose because doing so, makes us lose the benefits of smiles. To recover it, we can do several therapies. For example, laughter therapy.
This theory consists of learning to see the positive things, to find the good side, but in a simple and pleasant way
Smile at life!