Humor – the best medicine for health

The husband is lying on the bed, whispering in the woman’s ear. “I’m without pants.” The woman answers. “We will wash tomorrow.”

Well, I admit it’s not the best joke ever. But if I made him smile at least halfway, he should know that I have changed his day for the better today.

And that’s that after two slightly awkward years (let’s leave it at that), the best pill we can prescribe in the bathroom is laughter, advising to live life with humor. And now I explain why.

Humor has not only psychological but also physical and social benefits.

Although laughter initially causes the heart to beat և high blood pressure, its long-term effects lead to a significant decrease.

What do these effects remind us of? Indeed, those that result from physical activity – one of the best pills that doctors can prescribe – whose positive cardiovascular effects can be similar to laughter.

Laughter mobilizes the diaphragm, the main muscle that inhales, increasing the strength of the lungs and improving breathing. With a smile we can contract hundreds of muscles, including the face, chest, abdomen …

If there are still unsure readers who go to the gym to burn calories, here is an interesting fact. Laughter leads to a 10-20% increase in energy expenditure from rest, which means that 10-15 minutes of laughter a day can cause us to lose about 10 calories.

However, over the years, anxiety and stress take over our lives, and it becomes more and more difficult for us to smile. While children laugh on average 300 to 400 times a day, adults laugh only 10-15 times a day.

Poor results in laughter lowering levels of cortisol (the main stress hormone) and adrenaline և 3,4-dihydrophenylcarbonate (the so-called catabolite of the well-being hormone dopamine). Moreover, in the case of depression, these neurotransmitters are reduced, so laughter therapy can be used as an effective treatment.

Even in the case of physical illness, humor can be a good way to fight pain. Laughter also releases endorphins and serotonin, two hormones that have a specific analgesic component that relieves pain.

In fact, a recent meta-analysis found that clown therapy in children was effective in reducing pain associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

is better than juice

Those who drink orange juice to avoid colds can try to start the day with a laugh. After all, laughter boosts the level of immunoglobulin A և NK (natural killer) lymphocytes, strengthening our immune system.

Insomnia problems can be countered by humor, because laughter improves the quality of sleep.

It seems that this is not enough reason to join a comedy club, it turns out that a sense of humor and laughter are not only the best way to break the ice in situations that may be awkward, but also improve interpersonal relationships, attractiveness.

Research has shown that both men and women consider a sense of humor to be a desirable trait of a partner that goes beyond intellect, education, profession or sexual instinct.

Laughter is contagious

It is true that laughter and humor are great weapons of temptation, which in turn improve self-esteem. But, besides, laughter is contagious. When we look at a smiling face, a group of nerve cells called mirror neurons are activated, which makes us smile. A similar mechanism works when we see someone yawning, that yawning “infects” us.

With these arguments on the table, it’s easy to see why people who laugh in photos are so much more confident in that “coincidence” on Tinder than those who do not.

And if laughter is not easy, nothing happens. The mere fact of a smile (even if it’s a forced smile) already sends a message of positivity and well-being to our brain, which the body interprets as such.

Seeing this way, these viral videos և funny memes that they send us to WhatsApp groups may seem like instant pleasures, but they help us to overcome anxiety, fear և sadness. And by spreading them, we activate a number of benefits not only for our own health, but also for the health of others.

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