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Most of you have been in tense situations than in just a moment, you bust on laughing on a joke cracked by someone around you. At that time all you can feel is relieved or rejuvenated. It also happens when you come back from a long day at work and watch a side-splitting movie. Well, it turns out that there is, after all, a scientific genuineness to the old saying "laughter is the best medicine".
Laughter tends to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s basically like internal jogging, which provides a good massage to all internal organs while it also tones the abdominal muscles. Hence, we hear most of the health gurus saying that the healthiest response to life is laughter or simply a loud belly hurting laughter.
It reduces stress:Most people say that they feel embarrassed to laugh out loud at public places, so they just smile but did you know that when you laugh your body muscles get contracted, which in turn increases blood flow and oxygenation. Thus, it stimulates the heart and lungs and triggers the release of endorphins which would make you feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally.
It increases resilience:Resilience is the ability where you can see failure as a natural progression of success rather than a negative outcome. It is said that people who are resilient are happier and more successful in life. The ability to acknowledge your mistakes without anger or frustration helps you to develop resilience. Laughing at your own mistakes makes you realize that making errors is a part of being human.
It relieves pain:It is not that it automatically reduces the pain but rather laughter gives you the ability to cope with the pain. The amount of pain remains the same but just the perceived level reduces. Laughter might not just be the solution, but it can help a person overcome their discomfort.
You can only cultivate your ability to laugh by practicing so, always look for occasions to be silly and do remember that laughter can only spread more laughter as it is contagious but in a good way.
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