Some wise old dude once said that laughter is the best medicine. And guess what? We all laughed it off. Literally. For years people questioned the science behind hysterical laughing, knowing that it sure made you feel good, but was there anything really beneficial behind it? Turns out, there is. Hahahahahaha!
New research conducted by the clever sciencey types at Loma Linda University has found that laughter can have the same positive benefits on your body as exercise. Hooray!
But we’re not talking giggles here, Happies, we’re talking full on gut busting, cheek aching laughing, the kind Dr. Lee Berk (the man behind the study at Loma Linda) refers to as laughercise. Or, in general terms, the repetitive laughter known as mirthful laughter.
Laughercise can do magical things like reduce levels of cortisol (AKA the stress hormone. AKA the devil), up your endorphins, reduce blood pressure, and give your immune system a great big kick up the butt. While another study has shown that laughter may even be able to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, thanks to its ability make your blood vessels function more efficiently. Amazing!
Clearly, this is great news for all of us. Especially anyone who can’t exercise due to illness or injury. But even if you’re willing, able, and actively exercising regularly, AS IF you wouldn’t want to LOL (did I just write that?) as much as possible. I know I do.
It’s a known fact that you can’t be unhappy when you’re laughing, smiling, or even chuckling to yourself. Science or not there’s a definite link between feeling positive and uplifted when you’re laughing. It’s the best feeling in the world, and quite frankly, I think we all need to put aside a few minutes everyday to laugh our asses off. Don’t you?
So, next time you’re in the park, or in your bedroom, or on the toilet, why not start chuckling to yourself? Seriously. The key is to start off fake laughing, and then eventually all those fake laughs will make you laugh for real. It’s magic. I do it all the time. In fact, I’m doing it right now. Hehehehehe!
Need some inspiration? Watch this if you haven’t already, it gets me every time…