The Benefits of Laughter and Laugh Therapy

Laughter makes you feel good. laugh is good. Laugh is good therapy. Laughter is one of the major ways that joy is expressed. That’s why joy and laughter go together. I believe that laughter is the engine of the soul. Do you know that the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides?

If you would laugh more, your life will be much better in every way.

Laughter and humor helps you keep a vibrant and optimistic outlook about life through difficult storms, situations, disappointments and loss.

The problem today is that the power of laughter has been greatly underestimated in our technologically advanced world. We like to prescribe and medicate our way out of all storms and situations.

For instance, if a person is depressed, their psychiatric Doctor is very ready to medicate them even if what they really need is just a little more joy in their lives and a good dose of laughter.

Pills entangles people while laughter liberates them.

Pills only lead to more pills and bondages. Of course, I’m not advocating that you shouldn’t see a Doctor or take pills. All I’m saying is that sometimes a single does of laughter is as effective as a pill in treating certain situations.

The bible says that, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but depression drains one’s strength.” Proverbs 17:22

The scripture above is very clear. A joyful or merry heart works in your body like good medicine. In other words joy and laughter are strong medicine for your body, soul and mind.

An article in Helpguide.org titled “Laughter is the best medicine” says: “More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious — just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the fun.

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. See Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.

Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships and supporting both physical and emotional health.”

Laughter Is Good For Your Health

“Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.”

Don’t hold back on your joy. Let God use you to accomplish great things. You are destined for great things.

The Benefits of Laughter

Physical Health Benefits:

Helps body metabolism

Helps to boost immunity

Lowers body stress hormones

Decreases pain

Helps to lower blood sugar levels

Relaxes your muscles

Prevents heart disease

Mental Health Benefits:

Adds joy and enthusiasm to life

Eases anxiety and fear

Relieves stress

Improves positive moods

Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

Increases your likability

Strengthens relationships

Attracts others to you

Enhances teamwork

Helps defuse conflict

Promotes group bonding

Joy and laughter help you stay emotionally healthy.

A laugh a day keeps the doctors away.

I want to challenge you to create moments of laughter in your day. Don’t allow life circumstances and storms choke up your laugher and joy.

Find opportunities to laugh even if nothing is funny.


Originally published at www.bloomchase.com.