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Science of laughter and its benefits



Laughter is not just a simple reaction to something funny, but it’s a complex and essential part of human experience. The benefits of laughter are far-reaching, from physical health to emotional well-being. In this article, we will explore the science behind laughter – why we need  it, and how to get more of it in our lives.

So what is the science behind laughter?
Laughter is  a  physiological response that is triggered by the  release of endorphins,  the  body’s   natural  painkillers.  These  endorphins  not only relieve pain, but also create a sense of euphoria, which is why we often feel so relaxed after a good laugh. In addition to endorphins, laughter also releases other feel good  hormones in the  brain such as dopamine and serotonin.

Benefits of laughter
The benefits of laughter are numerous, both physically and emotionally.Physically, laughter can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and  improve  the  immune  system.  Emotionally, laughter can help improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression, as well as promote a sense of connection with others.

How to get more laughter in your life

  •  Surround yourself with funny people and spend time with friends and family who make you laugh.
  • Watch funny movies or TV shows. Take a break from the news and indulge in a comedy or sitcom. 
  • Read humorous books or comics. 
  • Attend a comedy show or stand-up performance. 
  • Try laughter yoga, a form of exercise that combines deep breathing with laughter exercises.

Thus, we are aware how laughter forms an essential part of human experiences, owing to its numerous benefits. And being in company of funny people, watching comedy movies or TV shows, reading humorous books or comics, attending a comedy show or stand-up performance, and trying laughter yoga are all positive ways of boosting one’s physical and mental health. So, remember, laughter is the best medicine, and a little bit goes a long way in improving your overall well-being.

Poetic गुफ्तगू – With हुमेरा खान @poetsofDelhi