children in laughterI have gone salsa dancing a few times recently just to try something fun and active with my friends. The music is right up my alley too. I am not the greatest salsa dancer but didn’t impact the fun factor. I had some amazing dance partners who made the dance feel so much easier and I found myself laughing when they’d spin me around. My cheeks were sore from smiling at the end of the night and I felt truly happy. After my first night of dancing, I decided that I needed to laugh more often and thought of some other ways I can make that happen. Laughing is so great for us! Read on to see five benefits of laughter.

Grab some friends or seek laughter on your own. The truth is, there are many ways you can laugh. Find a stand-up comedy show in your area, read a funny book, watch your cat play with a new toy, try laughter yoga, or watch a funny movie. You’ll soon be reaping one or more of the benefits listed below:

  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores

Humor and creativity work in similar ways, says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University–by creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.

How are you going to bring more laughter into your life? What makes you laugh? See three additional benefits of laughter by visiting the full article at Care2.

Source: Care2

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