Have you taken the time to evaluate how you manage your health?
Experts keep finding more innovative ways to deal with new and ongoing health issues. They’ve explored techniques such as specialized diets, yoga, mindfulness retreats, and even self-help books. It can seem a bit overwhelming to find one that works best for you.
You can scroll through hundreds of self-help books on-line. Or, you can dream of attending that pristine retreat. It’s likely you will be surprised at how expensive some of these healthy practices can be.
You are not alone when you fear the cost of getting healthy, but there is a way to get fit on a budget. One of the least expensive ways to get your mind and body in shape is to laugh.
Comedians such as John Wynn or that newly released rom-com will surely give you a comedic break to reset your mind and body. And, if performance is not your thing, you can check out these four benefits of laughing that might change your mind.
A study done by the Mayo Clinic staff concluded that laughter increases how much oxygen you take in. The oxygen stimulates your heart, lungs, and muscles.
This also can lead to an increase in your heart rate and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed.
Improve Your Immune System
If you are looking for a more long-term effect with the “medicine” of laughter, then how about an improved immune system?
Time and time again, people have been told about the effects that stress has on the body.
Research says that mental stress and strain can manifest into a chemical reaction that brings down your immunity. And, on the flip side, when you are positive and filled with laughter and happiness, there is a reverse effect on your immune system.
This also helps to relieve pain and improve your mood overall.
Research published by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine says that being in a positive mood from spontaneous laughter (laughter induced by a stimulus) is thought to have positive cognitive effects. These effects include reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.
A great comedy show, hearing a funny joke, or just having some great fun with friends and family can increase positive thoughts. The results? Positive psychological benefits.
Increases Personal Satisfaction
There is a significant focus on personal satisfaction in this day and age. Everything is about gaining or mastering yourself and making sure that you are enjoying every moment. Who knew we all need to laugh a little more to start feeling more satisfied with ourselves?
Options for getting or remaining healthy can become overwhelming and daunting. If you have found yourself on the get healthy hamster wheel, take some time to have a good laugh and don’t stop laughing.
There’s a reason they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.”