Laughing Is No Joke
Whether it’s your favorite sitcom, family jokes, or the latest viral video, laughing is one of the bodies best forms of stress relief. Laughing carries both short term and long term benefits to your health and is widely recognized as the best mental reliever in our culture today. Everything from boosting your immune system and relieving pain to improving your mood, laughter is scientifically proven to bring great benefits to our mental and physical bodies.
Some Benefits Include:
If your body ever feels sore after a good laugh, there’s a reason for that. According to a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, researchers found the physical act of intense laughing gives your body a mini workout similar to aerobic exercise, increasing your heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen consumption.
The next time you’re feeling stressed, have a good laugh. According to the Mayo Clinic, those giggles can instantly relieve your body’s stress response and soothe any tension you’re holding onto. And here’s the good news: that’s also going to greatly improve your mood, so don’t expect to be frowning anytime soon.
In a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers found that between the feel-good endorphins being released into your body and the deep breaths you’re taking, which help relax the muscles, the simple act of laughing can actually help you feel less pain.
Ready to start laughing?
Here are some feel good shows that are streaming now:
The Office (Netflix)
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)
The Good Place (Netflix)
Bob Ross Beauty is Everywhere (Netflix)
Parks and Recreation (Netflix)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Nailed It (Netflix)